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Pakistan vows to speed up cricket

By Adam Cooper 03/02/2005 07:43:34 PM Comments (0)

Pakistan has promised a more lively effort in the field in the first day-night cricket final against Australia at the MCG to ensure captain Inzamam-ul-Haq plays the entire series.

The tourists have skated on thin ice all summer with an agonisingly slow over rate, and that situation nearly cost them dearly this week when the only thing that saved Inzamam from suspension was match referee Chris Broad's failure to look at the skipper's record.

After another slow over rate in the 30-run win over the West Indies in Perth, Broad docked Inzamam his entire match fee but did not realise the indiscretion was Inzamam's second in the past year - which should have meant a suspension.

So with Pakistan lucky to have its captain available, the team has vowed not to let its good fortune slip.

"We'll be doubly sure it won't happen again," team manager Haroon Rashid said.

"We've had a lot of trouble all summer with the bowlers taking long run-ups and we've taken note of what the match referee has said and we'll abide by the rules.

"We've asked the bowlers to go back to their marks quickly and things like that, and asked the fielders to make sure they are ready too."

Under International Cricket Council rules, the captain is fined the most for his team's tardiness and can be suspended for repeat offences.

If Inzamam is called up a third time inside a year, he faces a ban of between two and four Tests or between four and eight one-day matches.

Much of Pakistan's improvement in the tri-series has come through Inzamam's long-awaited return to form, and his series return of 313 runs at 52.16 makes him one of the players Australia needs to stop.

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