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Waqar promises strong side

Pakistan want to end gruelling tour on a high

Waqar: Keen to end tour on a high

Pakistan coach Waqar Younis insists he will resist any temptation to blood his young players in the final match of the one-day series against Ireland.

The tourists breezed to a seven wicket win in the opening game of the two-match contest and afterwards warned Ireland they have no intention of taking their foot off the pedal in Monday's rematch.

Pakistan arrived in Belfast straight from a testing tour of the Caribbean but Waqar is adamant he will not rest his stars in favour of inexperienced youngsters.

Instead he pledged to play a near full-strength side as Pakistan aim to finish a long tour by whitewashing Ireland.

"We are not going to throw all the youngsters in and say 'because it is Ireland we can take it easy'."

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Waqar said: "We are not going to throw all the youngsters in and say 'because it is Ireland we can take it easy'.

"That is not going to happen.

"This is international cricket and you do not have to give your youngsters a chance. It doesn't matter if it is England or it is Ireland.

"But you have to bring on your young players when it is required. It's not that you throw them in because you are playing Ireland.

"You have to make sure you win and that we are playing good cricket. That's exactly what we are going to do."


Waqar's warning is not good news for Ireland who hope to upset Pakistan and boost their chances of reversing the decision to omit the associate countries from the next World Cup.

With the ICC meeting to discuss the controversial move next month, it is Ireland's final chance to prove their credentials.

And Pakistan skipper Misbah-ul-Haq realises the hosts, who memorably beat England in this year's World Cup, will be looking to claim another notable one-day scalp.

He said: "We know they are going to give us a tough time.

"They are making it tough for other teams and even beating good teams. You have to play well against these guys to win."