Dissapointed Lawson wants to look ahead

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Lahore, Aug (UNI) Dissapointed after the postponement of the Champions Trophy, Pakistan coach Geoff Lawson today stated that despite the ICC's best efforts, the concerned Teams could not be convinced to play in the country and now his wards are looking forward to play in the upcoming tournaments.

''I don't want to go into that, needless to say it is very disappointing to see the tournament postponed and I am hoping now we can get some cricket in South Africa in September,'' Lawson told mediapersons here.

The former Australian pace bowler had gone to his native country and New Zealand as a member of the International Cricket Council (ICC) task force to convince players for playing in Pakistan.

As Paksitan Cricket Board (PCB) is trying to arrange a tri-series in South Africa, Lawson, who was returned from Australia after a vacation wants some practice matches before the tournament.

''But we will hopefully have some practice games to test out the fitness of all players,'' he added.

Yesterday, the PCB has organised a 30-overs practice match to test the fitness of pace bowlers Shoaib Akhtar and Umar Gul and opener Salman Butt, who has recently gone through surgery.

Opener Salman Butt scored a fine hundred while Shoaib and Gul bowled their alloted overs.

Meanwhile, Lawson was happy with the team's perforamnce but he also wants some improvement to perform at the highest level.

''Their performance and efforts are quite good. Shoaib and Gul are bowling again. It is a good sign for us however, they need more practice games to achieve 100 per cent fitness level,'' he said.

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