Pakistan coach full of confidence before Abu Dhabi series

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Lahore, Nov 9 (UNI) In a bid to lift its morale ahead of the important home series against arch-rivals India, Pakistan coach Intikhab Alam stated that his team will go all out to win the three-match ODI series against the West Indies at Abu Dhabi starting from November 12.

''Things are falling in place and we are now looking forward the series in Abu Dhabi,'' Intikhab was quoted as saying by 'The News'.

Cricket-starved Pakistan are looking to gain some vital match practice from the series that comes almost seven weeks before India arrives here to play three Tests, five One-day Internationals and a Twenty20 International.

''We have an important series against India coming up soon which is why it's vital for us to do well in these one-dayers,'' said Intikhab, who replaced former Australia Test pacer Geoff Lawson as the Pakistan coach last month.

The 66-year-old former Pakistan skipper also stated that pace bowler Shoaib Akhtar has regained the sort of speed that once made him the most feared pacer in international cricket, while the rest of the team is also itching to get back into action.

''Shoaib is bowling at around the 150 (kph) mark and we are hoping that he will do well in Abu Dhabi,'' he said.

Intikhab also praises opener Nasir Jamshed as the left handed batsman has passed a fitness test and will be playing in the ODIs to be held on November 12, 14 and 16.

''I don't believe in makeshift openers because only specialists can do the job in the best possible manner,'' he stressed.

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