Tamil Diplomat

Pakistan ready to take on big guns, says Misbah

Pakistan are ready to take on the big guns in the knockout stage of the World Cup in Australia and New Zealand, their captain Misbah-ul-Haq said on Tuesday.“I have told the players there are no more second chances for us in the remaining matches of the tournament and we go in for every match having burnt our boats and with a fearless attitude,” Misbah said.

Pakistan, with six points and a superior run-rate, play Ireland in their last group match on Sunday and are in a three-way race to qualify for the last eight along with with Ireland and West Indies.“To win matches in a big tournament like the Wrld Cup your bowling must fire and the good thing for us is that all four of our pace bowlers delivered in our last three games,” Misbah added.

Misbah, who has been in charge of the test side since late 2010 and the one-day team since mid-2011, said Pakistan’sfocus was on beating Ireland in Adelaide.“We are than ready to play either New Zealand or Australia in the quarter-finals and we are quietly confident now we can beat any team,” he said.