Karachi: Pakistan vice-captain Misbah-ul-Haq does not believe that the recent spot-fixing scandal will have any impact on the performance of the team in the World Cup, staring from February 19.
As the Pakistan squad prepares to leave for Bangladesh tonight, Misbah said the team had gained momentum after the series win in New Zealand and was going into the tournament with their spirits high.
“We are going to play positive cricket and our focus is totally on cricket and not on what has happened off the field recently. I am confident it will be a good tournament for us,” said Misbah.
Pakistan Test captain also said that he was happy with his own form.
“It is great that I have found form at the right time, ahead of such a big event and hopefully it will continue in the World Cup also. Playing for the World Cup for the first time is a big motivation to do well.”
Misbah, who had an outstanding series in New Zealand where he scored six half-centuries, said the team was clear about what was expected of them in the World Cup.
“It will be a big event for everyone as the opposition changes in every match and so do the conditions. But I think after the way we gelled and performed in New Zealand, the momentum is with us and no one should write us off,” he said.
Misbah also added that it was critical for the batting to click in the mega event.
“We have good bowlers but the batsmen have to play their role in scoring the required runs while batting first or second. We have lot of experience and flair in our batting and Afridi and Razzaq are quality allrounders in the lower-order, which gives us lot of edge.”
Stating that he had happy memories of his last tour to India in 2007 and also of playing in Sri Lanka, Misbah said he was looking forward to the World Cup.