Win it for the late Woolmer, Inzamam tells Pakistan

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Karachi, Feb 20 (PTI) Pakistan''s most capped ODI player,Inzamam-ul-Haq has urged Shahid Afridi''s men to put up asteller show in the ongoing World Cup for late coach BobWoolmer who, the former captain said, always believed in theteam''s ability to be the best in the world.

"Pakistan should try to do well in this World Cup notonly for the country but also for our late coach Bob Woolmer,who always believed we had the potential to be the number oneside in the world," Inzamam told PTI.

"It will also help ease the pain of crashing out in thefirst round of the last World Cup when we had a finecombination that was disturbed by injuries," he added.

Inzamam also reckoned that senior batsman Younis Khan hasa pivotal role to play for his side in the tournament

Younis, who played many a splendid knock under Inzamam''sleadership, gave up captaincy in November 2009 to focus on hisbatting.

"He is a key member and has the capability to anchor theinnings and play out the full 50 overs. He must bat at numberthree, a position he is most comfortable in, and has scoredmost of his runs in Test matches,� Inzamam, who played 375ODIs and 120 Tests, told PTI.

The former batsman noted that Younis now have theexperience to be the line-up''s mainstay.

"The good thing is that Younis has lately been gettingback his form and seems to be enjoying his cricket. I thinkfor a player of his calibre, he will love to perform on theWorld Cup stage," Inzamam, who had played a stellar role inPakistan''s World Cup triumph in 1992, said.

He pointed out that experience was crucial in a highpressure tournament like the World Cup.

"Younis, Afridi, Razzaq, Kamran and Shoaib have played inWorld Cups and must now show the way to the others. They mustperform and guide the others," he said.

Inzamam also felt that Pakistan''s strength lies in theirattack, especially considering the sub-continental conditions.

"Umar Gul, Shoaib Akhtar and Wahab Riaz they can all bowlat good pace and can reverse swing the ball. In the conditionsin Sri Lanka and the two other host countries, these threehave the ability to bowl out any side."

The former great noted that Pakistan''s strategy must bebased on attacking bowling.

"This plan worked well for us in 1992 and 1999 (Pakistanreached the final). The bowlers should be told not to worryabout giving away runs in the powerplay, which that can happento any bowler nowadays. They must be told to look for wickets.

"In any form of cricket, wickets keep the batting sideunder pressure. The good thing for Pakistan is that it has thepace and spin bowlers with the ability to take wickets." MOREPTI Corr AH

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