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Although Pakistan had to endure an embarrassing defeat in the Test series, team manager Naveed Akram Cheema assured the team is determined to improve substantially in the limited-overs series against the high-flying South Africa.
The tourists suffered a whitewash in the Test rubber, and will now play their first of two Twenty20 (T20) games against the Proteas in Durban tonight.
Pakistan failed to make their mark in the longest format against the hosts, who clinched the series without facing much resistance from the tourists.
However, the manager insisted the team was fully capable of resurging and despite suffering the Test ordeal, the national team will enter the shortest format with a renewed zeal.
“The players have put the defeat behind now,” Cheema told The Express Tribune from Durban on the eve of the opening T20 fixture.
“We will not dwell on what went wrong in the Tests; that would be done after the tour. At the moment, the team is rearing to give its best in the T20 and One-Day International (ODI) series. We are confident that the team will present a different form than that in the Tests and will give a tough fight to the hosts.”
He said the team was avoiding taking pressure before going into the match.
“We have players who have come fresh to join us,” said Cheema, referring to the nine players including former captains Shahid Afridi and Shoaib Malik, who arrived in South Africa to participate in the limited-overs series.
“They are highly motivated and their arrival has brought changes to the mood of the team. All of them showed a lot of energy in the training session.”