Waqar Younis has warned that Ireland can expect a full strength Pakistan side in Belfast on Monday with the tourists’ sights set on a 2-0 series victory.
The Pakistan coach was left highly satisfied after his side destroyed the Irish by seven-wickets in the opening ODI of the two-match series, bowling the home team out for just 96 at Stormond.
It was an unexpectedly easy task for the tourists given Ireland’s heartening displays in the World Cup – 21-year old Junaid Khan leading the way for Pakistan with career-best figures of four for 12 in his sixth international outing.
However, despite the hefty margin of victory, Younis has indicated that he’ll be sticking to his strongest possible line-up when the sides meet again for the second and final ODI.
“We are not going to throw all the youngsters in and say, ‘because it is Ireland we can take it easy’,” said Younis.
“No, that is not going to happen.
“This is international cricket and you do have to give your youngsters a chance. It doesn’t matter if it is England or it is Ireland, but you have to bring on your young players when it is required,” he added.
“It’s not that you throw them in because you are playing Ireland.
“You have to make sure you win and that we are playing good cricket.
“That’s exactly what we are going to do.”
Skipper Misbah-ul-Haq is also expecting a tougher time from the Irish, with the ODI record between the two nations level at one win each thanks to Ireland’s famous World Cup Pool D victory in 2007.
“Ireland is doing very well especially during the World Cup, they are a very good side especially beating England,” said Misbah.
“We know they are going to give us a tough time so it’s a good competition, it is international-level competition.
“You have to play well against these guys to win,” he concluded. Cricket365