India tour is Shoaib’s last chance to change himself: Ashraf

November 14th, 2007 - 2:53 am ICT by admin  
“I hope that Shoaib will be a changed man on the tour of India…It is his last chance and we all hope that this time he would not waste it,” Ashraf said.

Terming the tour of India as an “even more important than the World Cup,” Ashraf urged Akhtar to fulfil his responsibility as a senior player and prove his critics wrong with a forceful performance.

“I expect that all the players, including Shoaib Akhtar, would be at their best behaviour and give their hundred percent on the tour because we have to deliver good results against India,” The News quoted him, as saying.

Ashraf agreed that Shoaib would be walking on thin ice, but added that he was hoping the player has learnt his lesson.

“Shoaib has a role to play for Pakistan,” he said, adding, “He also has a point to prove and should give his best to silence his critics who believe he is spent force.”

Pakistan will play five one-dayers and three Tests during November-December. The team is scheduled to fly out for New Delhi on November 1 where they play a warm-up game starting from November 2.

The ODI series will start on November 5 in Guwahati. The rest of the one-dayers will be played in Mohali (Nov 8), Kanpur (Nov 11), Gwalior (Nov 15) and Jaipur (Nov 18).

The three Tests will be played in New Delhi, Kolkata and Bangalore. (ANI)

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