Malik - We must learn lessons

All-rounder hoping international cricket will return to Pakistan soon

Last Updated: 14/02/10 3:44pm

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Malik: Looking to the future

Malik: Looking to the future

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Shoaib Malik feels Pakistan will learn from their disastrous tour of Australia and insists that the latest bout of in-fighting in the camp is "history now".

"As cricketers, we didn't play well on the Australia tour. But whatever happened is for the betterment of Pakistan cricket. I'm sure it will help the team and the players. It's history now and we are looking forward to these two matches"
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Under the leadership of Mohammad Yousuf, Pakistan failed to win either a Test or limited overs match on their recent trip Down Under.

Afterwards Yousuf stated that the issues in the national team stemmed back to Malik's time as skipper, an allegation the all-rounder refuted.

As well as the internal spat, the future of coach Intikhab Alam is unclear, as he has not travelled with the squad to Dubai for the two Twenty20 Internationals against England.

But Malik - who is set to captain Pakistan for the first of the two Twenty20 games due to Shahid Afridi serving a suspension - believes the players must now look to the future.

Team meetings

"When you lose these things come up but I'm sure that you learn from your mistakes," said Malik.

"We have had quite a few team meetings, we've talked about everything and what we did in Australia. We learn from these mistakes.

"As cricketers, we didn't play well on the Australia tour. But whatever happened is for the betterment of Pakistan cricket. I'm sure it will help the team and the players. It's history now and we are looking forward to these two matches.

"It's an opportunity to utilise the time before the World Twenty20. We have two matches against England and they are a good side.

"We have in our team some youngsters who are very talented and they are getting their opportunity.

"I'm hoping and I'm sure they will do well."

Pakistan are having to continue to play abroad due to security concerns at home, though Malik is hopeful the situation may change in the near future.

"We are struggling a little bit back home but we are hoping to get international cricket back in our country," he added.

"Things are getting better; it's going to take a little bit of time but soon I think we will see international cricket back in our country."

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