Miandad urges Pakistan to chase consistency

KARACHI: Former captain Javed Miandad Thursday encouraged Pakistan to concentrate on consistency after their one day series triumph away to Sri Lanka.

Pakistan thumped the hosts by seven wickets in the fourth one-day international in Colombo on Wednesday to take an unassailable 3-1 lead ahead of the final match in Colombo on Sunday.

The triumph improves Pakistans likelihood of qualifying for the 2017 Champions Trophy in England but Miandad said the team must proceed in the mercurial unpredictability of days gone by.

“Our team is looking great now but we want consistent work on it because we should belong to the very best four. Nine-eight in the ranks isn’t our standing as well as for that consistent work is required,” said Miandad, one of Pakistans greatest ever batsmen.

Miandad warned other teams were improving fast and Pakistan must be careful to not fall back.

“We must compete in the top level and with teams like Bangladesh and England showing great progress we must lift ourselves to ensure people are able to compete with teams like Australia, South Africa and India,” he said.

“Bangladesh has shown their rise by defeating teams like Pakistan, India and South Africa so cricket is changing and also to be in that race we need to grow consistently and stick to principles which we’d not been doing.”

Bangladesh climbed to seventh in the ICC positions after beating series triumphs over Pakistan, India and South Africa in house one day series since April this season.

Another former captain, Inzamam ul Haq, commended the teams dynamism, after some very fit fielding helped them to triumph over Sri Lanka.

“Pakistan have revealed they’re a lively team , and it has revealed progress in all three sections which is an excellent signal,” he said.