Malik aims to extend run
Shoaib Malik is confident Pakistan can continue their impressive one-day form in the Bangladesh triangular series.
Last Updated: 08/06/08 4:13pm
Captain Shoaib Malik is confident Pakistan can continue their impressive one-day form during the triangular series in Bangladesh.
Malik's men are on a seven-month, 11-match winning streak in the 50-over format that has included 5-0 series wins over Bangladesh and Zimbabwe.
Pakistan take on hosts Bangladesh on Sunday in the opening game of the tri-series, which also includes India.
"Our target is to maintain the consistency that saw us win 11 games in a row," said Malik.
"We want to continue that streak. Everyone is fit and we are looking forward to a good series."
Despite Bangladesh's recent dismal record in international cricket, Malik warned against being too complacent.
"They play better at home," he added. "We have not played in Bangladesh in a long time so we have to be careful about it."
Pakistan are keen to get the focus back on cricket after fast bowler Mohammad Asif was stopped at Dubai International Airport on suspicion of carrying a prohibited substance through customs.
Asif, who has yet to be charged with any offence, will remain in detention until at least June 8, when a hearing is scheduled to take place. He has been replaced in Pakistan's squad by Sohail Khan.
"We still have a decent attack," reckoned Malik. "Umar Gul, Sohail Tanvir and Iftikhar Rao have all been working very hard."