Waqar eyes more wins after triumphant NZ tour

Pakistan coach Waqar Younis has said that he is sure this one-day series win will provide the team a good build-up for the World Cup.

“We have good momentum, having played South Africa recently and now this hard-fought win in New Zealand gives us good momentum for the World Cup,” Waqar was quoted as saying.

Waqar and team manager called for a fresh start for the national side after the trio Salman Butt, Muhammad Asif and Muhammad Aamer were handed lengthy bans on corruption charges.

Salman Butt was banned for 10 years, Mohammad Asif and Mohammad Aamer for seven and five years respectively, after allegations surfaced during last year’s tour of England that they were willing to deliberately bowl no-balls. “It is important that it’s finished now and we can start afresh,” asianage.com quoted Waqar as saying.

“We can now make a fresh start after a lot of controversies affected Pakistan cricket and I am happy that it’s over now.”

Meanwhile, team manager Intikhab Alam expressed sadness at the bans saying, “We must move on from here, for the sake of our cricket.”

Pakistan is in Group A of the 14-team World Cup which is hosted by Bangladesh, India and Sri Lanka between Feb 19 and April 2.

They open their campaign against Kenya in the Sri Lankan town of Hambantota on Feb 23.