India is ready for Shoaib: Wright

<img border='0' align='left' title=' ' src='' class='caption'> Indians have done their "homework" and are ready to face Pakistan speed king Shoaib Akhtar in the all-important clash.

Updated: February 25, 2007 10:08 IST
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Colombo :

Indians have done their "homework" and are ready to face Pakistan speed king Shoaib Akhtar in the all-important clash against the archrivals in the Asia Cup cricket tournament. "We have done our homework against him, we are ready for him," said India's coach John Wright. In the line of fire Shoaib has been in the news for his shortened run-up and his expressed determination to do well for his team. The clash against India would provide him the perfect stage to settle old scores. The task would not be easy for the Rawalpindi Express with India having batsmen capable of stopping him in his tracks. Wright is not concerned about his batsmen even though some of them may have to still find their straps in the one-day competition. Good line up "I suffer no doubts at all about our batters, but, yes, it is important for us to do well in the first 15 overs," said the former New Zealand skipper. Even though India has won two of their three matches and run Sri Lanka's huge score close, they have not enjoyed a good start so far. Wright was hopeful that the pitch at the Premadasa Stadium, venue of Sunday's day-night clash, would stay true for the fans and players to enjoy the full flavour of an India-Pakistan tie. Minor problems Wright was pleased about the options he had in bowling with Zaheer Khan being declared fit and Ashish Nehra and Harbhajan Singh making their presence felt in the previous game against Bangladesh. However, the coach conceded that the extras were turning out to be a problem. "We are concerned about the extras we are conceding. We gave away 23 wides in the first 100 runs the other day, we hope to set that right," he said. Wright also had a word of praise for his Pakistan counterpart Bob Woolmer. (PTI)

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