Ind vs Pak: Mohammad Hafeez not wary of experienced M S Dhoni
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Pakistan captain Mohammad Hafeez is not wary of his experienced Indian counterpart Mahendra Singh Dhoni and said as a skipper his main aim would be to motivate his team not to buckle under pressure in the limited over series against the hosts which starts here tomorrow.
The much-anticipated bilateral series between India and Pakistan starts with the first of the two Twenty20 Internationals at the M Chinnaswamy stadium here.
"Dhoni is far more experienced captain than me and Misbah-ul Haq. But having said that every captain has to face challenges. My aim will be to see that my side plays without any pressure and express themselves as much they can," he told reporters after a long practice session today.
Apart from two Twenty20 Internationals, India and Pakistan will also play three ODIs in the bilateral series.
Hafeez said Pakistan is here to play good cricket and winning and losing doesn't make any difference to his side.
Hafeez also rued the fact that cricket playing nations refusal to tour the strife-torn country due to security reasons has deprived Pakistan from hosting any international matches for the last three years.
He, however, hoped that cricket will return to Pakistan soon and said he was proud of his team's sterling performances outside the country.
"We wish cricket returns to Pakistan soon and some of our youngsters get a chance to play in front of home crowd," he said.
Hafeez also said that the relations between the Indian Cricket Board (BCCI) and Pakistan Cricket Board is fast improving and felt that both the nations should play more for the betterment of the game.
Asked about the kind of craze back home for the upcoming series against arch-rivals India, Hafeez said the expectations were very high, especially when both the countries hate to lose against each other.
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