Shoaib's Pakistan predictions
Shoaib Malik insists Pakistan can convert their Twenty20 form into the Test and one-day international arena.
By Phil Jackson
Last Updated: 26/09/07 5:32pm
Shoaib Malik insists Pakistan can convert their Twenty20 form into the Test and one-day international (ODI) arena against South Africa.
The ICC World Twenty20 runners-up take on the Proteas in two Tests and five ODIs, starting on Monday.
It was a big turnaround for the nation after the Caribbean World Cup debacle earlier this year, and the fallout which has seen Shoaib appointed as captain, alongside a new coach and a new generation of players forcing their way into the reckoning.
Having returned from Johannesburg for the home series, Shoaib is convinced Pakistan can embark on a new era.
He said: "We don't think about what happened in the past, our focus is on the future, especially on the series against South Africa, then the tour of India and finally on the series against Australia.
"South Africa are a very good team so we have to be at our best to beat them. But I am confident that we have some good players who can transform their Twenty20 form into Test cricket."
There are still question marks over whether former captain Inzamam-ul-Haq and senior player Mohammad Yousuf will be selected.
Shoaib nevertheless believes his young squad can build on their achievements at September's inaugural T20 tournament.
"All in all it was a very good tournament for Pakistan," he added.
"The players are very committed and that was proved by their performances."
South Africa have already arrived in Karachi where they last played in the 1996 World Cup, after security fears prevented them touring in 1997 and 2003.