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Last Updated:  Saturday, 15 February, 2003, 19:08 GMT

Pakistan lack self belief
Imran Khan
By Imran Khan
Former Pakistan captain

Although Pakistan have a relatively easy match against Namibia on Sunday, captain Waqar Younis has major two problems.

Waqar's side need confidence

One, there's no confidence in his team. Unless they start winning matches, this confidence is unlikely to return.

They can't let golden opportunities slip away like they did against Australia in Johannesburg.

They had the world champions for the taking at 86 for four, yet they could not kill the game. When it was time to attack, Waqar went on the defensive.

He bowled Shahid Afridi when Shoaib Akhtar should have been brought straight back into the attack.

Compare that with how Australia played against India. They continued to attack the India batsmen, even though their strike bowlers had finished their 10 overs.

Whenever the Australians see a chance for a breakthrough, they go all out and attack.

Pakistan have the second most lethal bowling attack in the tournament

When Inzamam-ul-Haq came into bat at the Wanderers, Ricky Ponting immediately brought back Glenn McGrath, who soon had him back in the pavilion.

The second problem is Waqar's own form - he's not at his peak.

When he was in top form and bowling really fast, he could have lifted the team with his own performances.

But he's no longer a match-winner.

His side need to get back into the habit of winning matches, so they should bat first against Namibia and get a big score on the board.

With a big score, the bowlers can really cut loose. Pakistan have the second-most lethal bowling attack in the tournament, behind the Australians.

If they win convincingly, they'll gain confidence.

But until the team starts believing in themselves, there's really no chance of winning the World Cup.





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