Younis Khan predicts 5-0 whitewash for Australia in UAE series

April 11th, 2009 - 3:17 pm ICT by ANI  

Shoaib Akhtar Lahore, Apr.11 (ANI): Pakistan captain Younus Khan has said that his team would beat Australia 5-0 in the forthcoming one day international series in the UAE.

Talking to reporters at the Gaddafi Stadium here, Khan, while replying to a question said: “No doubt be 5-0, but in favour of Pakistan.”

He admitted that Pakistan has not played much international cricket in recent times, and it could affect its performance in the series.

Khan, however, said his team was capable of handing out surprises.

“Remember how Pakistan defeated England in 2005, which came here after beating Australia in the Ashes series,” The Dawn quoted Khan, as saying.

When enquired about Shoaib Akhtar’s slack performance in the ongoing training camp, he said it was not the right platform to judge a player like his caliber.

“One should watch Akhtar in the match as that was the real platform to examine the performance of a player,” Khan added.

Replying to a question about suggesting Akhtar about his role in the team, Khan said: “Who am I to give him advice, he is not a child and knows very well what the team expects from him.”

“Shoaib is also duty bound to play for the country and the team and not for himself. I feel no difference between Shoaib Akhtar and upcoming Ahmad Shahzad as far as performance of a player is concerned,” he added.

Khan said he would have liked to perform against a full strength Australian team.

Australia has rested their three top players Ricky Ponting, M Hussey and Mitchell Johnson for the five match series. (ANI)

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