Abu Dhabi: Experienced Pakistan batsman Younus Khan says it will be extremely tough for the cricketers to go ahead with Wednesday`s fourth one-dayer against New Zealand in Abu Dhabi following the killing spree at a Peshawar school.
Witnesses said at least 132 students and nine staff members died on Tuesday when Taliban gunmen broke into a school and opened fire in the bloodiest massacre Pakistan had seen for years.
"It is a national tragedy and a barbaric act. Playing the match is going to be very difficult," Younus told Geo Super television.
"How do you play a match when your spirit is not in the game? That is our state of mind right now."
Younus, who has featured in 96 tests and 257 one-dayers for his country, compared the situation to the one Australia experienced last month when opening batsman Phillip Hughes died after being struck on the head by a bouncer.
"When Phil Hughes died it shocked every one of us and wepostponed a day`s play in the test match against New Zealand," he added.
"It would not be a bad idea to postpone this game as well," said the 37-year-old Younus.
The players are to observe a minute`s silence before Wednesday`s match and will wear black armbands.
"Our minds and hearts are with these children," said Pakistan team manager Moin Khan.