Karachi: Coming with a Champions Trophy bronze medal in the regional tournament underway in Doha Qatar, Pakistan must consistently pull big victories against underdogs in the tournament to keep their top Asian team label intact, feels former Olympian Samiullah.
“Pakistan should consistently perform in order to improve the game and standing in the world,” the former legendary player told Media. “The team management must focus to help the players put consistent game and regularly assist them when their performance falls for any reason.”
Pakistan is featuring in Asian Champions Trophy as the hot favourites especially after clinching bronze medal recently in high-profile Champions Trophy held in Australia.
Pakistan had won the first two matches in the tournament against Oman and China.
However, the greenshirts, who recently made their place in elite world top five with fifth spot in the international rankings, failed to overpower lowly 13th placed Malaysia. The match ended in a 33 draw, where the minnows kept the lead for the better half of the match.
“The team must at least learn the winning ways and consistently record victories against lower ranked opponents,” he added.
He said that one-off performance couldn’t help the team regain its lost glory.
“The team must learn to perform consistently. If a team can perform in one match then it could certainly perform well in another match. If a team gives inconsistent results it means that there are some other management problems,” he explained.
Pakistan will now face 9th placed archrival India – the closest rival featuring in the tournament, on Monday night in the round match.
However, Samiullah predicted that archrivals will qualify for the final of the tournament and added that India will put tough resistance and would be a tough opponent to overwhelm by the greenshirts.
“Although Pakistan defeated India in Champions Trophy’s third place playoff match to claim bronze medal after an eight year drought but India would be a better side this time and would put their best in the match when the two sides will meet again,” he added.
He further advised the team against complacency and said that complacency could bring down what the team has achieved after winning the bronze medal in Australia.
“I would request the team not to get complacent and also not to take any team lightly,” he said.