Coach Alam says ‘mentally tough’ Pakistan ready for World Twenty20

May 25th, 2009 - 1:16 pm ICT by ANI  

Karachi, May 25 (ANI): Pakistan cricket team coach Intikhab Alam has said that the national squad is both mentally and physically fit to take on its opponents in next month’s World Twenty20 Championship in England.

Pakistan reached the final of the inaugural World Twenty20 in South Africa in 2007, but fell to India in the title clash.

Alam told The News that this time he is hopeful that Pakistan would go all the way to the title.

“One of our primary tasks is to make the players mentally tough. Mental toughness is one of the key elements needed to win a major title and we believe that the players can improve in that area with help from steps like having a psychologist around for a while,” he added.

“Our aim is to win the title and England and thankfully our preparations are on the right track,” he stressed.

Pakistan warmed up for the World Twenty20 by comprehensively beating Australia in a one-off Twenty20 International in Dubai on May. Later, the national cricketers attended a conditioning camp in Bhurban and then played a series of practice games in Lahore.

The players will now compete in the RBS National Twenty20 Cup getting underway in Lahore from Monday.

The Pakistan team players will only compete in matches on the first three days of the five-day contest.

“We have decided to give the boys a two-day rest because its also equally important to rest and rejuvenate,” said Alam. (ANI)

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