`Pak players motivated to get rid of spot-fixing negativity`

Last Updated: Jan 20, 2012, 13:58 PM IST

Karachi: Pakistan coach Mohsin Khan says the spot-fixing scandal that shamed the country last year has ended up being quite motivating for his players in the ongoing series against England as they are charged up to get rid of the negative image.

Pakistan yesterday thrashed England inside three days in the opening Test of an ongoing series.

"There have been well documented and unwanted activities involving former Pakistani cricketers a couple of years ago and which spoilt the name of Pakistan cricket and gave the nation of Pakistan a bad name," Mohsin told `pakpassion.net` website.

"Our aim was to turn that around and to provide a boost to the nation and fans of Pakistan cricket and to show the world that there is more to Pakistan cricket than just negatives," he said.

"Cricket is not just a game in Pakistan it`s a way of life, it`s a passion and the people adore cricket in Pakistan. So for that reason I feel the win was a gift for the people of Pakistan," he added.

Mohsin advised his players not to underestimate the England team despite crushing them in Dubai as they were perfectly capable of staging a comeback in the series.

"Immediately after the Test ended we had a team meeting in which I reminded the players that they need to remain focussed and not become complacent against a tough opposition," Mohsin said.

Mohsin said the players have discussed the importance of not being complacent and maintaining focus for the second Test match in Abu Dhabi.

"We all realise that England is a tough team and they will come back hard at us, as you would expect from any top team. But I have a lot of faith in the group of players that are playing for Pakistan," Mohsin said.

PTI