‘Pakistan must shun defensive approach, adopt positive mindset to win against Lanka’

Islamabad, Pakistan should adopt attacking approach in the remaining Test matches against Sri Lanka in the UAE, former Test cricketer and chief selector Salahuddin Ahmed Sallu has said.

Pakistan was slammed by former players and critics for losing a golden opportunity to win the first Test against Sri Lanka in Abu Dhabi.

The first match of the three-Test series had resulted in a draw, after Pakistan had dominated much of the game.

“Pakistan captain and coach’s defensive approach let the Sri Lankans off the hook in the first Test and deprived Pakistan of a certain victory,” Salahuddin wrote in the Dawn.

“As far as the Sri Lankans are concerned, the manner in which they salvaged the game was as good as win for them,” he added.

Pakistan should have gone for the kill on the fifth day when they required around 170 for victory, the former cricketer said.

“The defensive approach once again spoiled things for us and, despite the tough target at hand, our players never gave any sign of making a match of it,” he rued.

He also praised the outstanding performance of the Sri Lankans, especially Kumara Sanagakara and Jayawerdene whose magnificent stand thwarted Pakistan plans of clinching a victory.

Salahuddin urged the Pakistan team to take on Sri Lanka with an attacking approach with the coming matches.

“They should go in with a positive mind set and attack which is the best form of defence in times like these. If you are always afraid of losing, you just can’t win,” he maintained.

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