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26 October 201011:43

Waqar seeks CWC boost

Waqar Younis is a worried man

Waqar seeks CWC boost - Cricket News

Pakistani cricket team coach Waqar Younis.

Pakistan coach Waqar Younis on Tuesday urged his team to get back to winning ways as they begin the build-up to next year's ICC Cricket World Cup.

"We haven't won anything recently and after a chaotic England tour things are becoming clearer, so if we win against South Africa and then on the New Zealand tour it will be a good build-up for the ICC Cricket World Cup," Waqar told reporters.

Pakistan play two back-to-back Twenty20 matches on Tuesday and Wednesday, before playing five One-Day internationals and two Tests - all against South Africa - before touring New Zealand.

Their recent tour of England was marred by spot-fixing allegations which led to the suspensions of Test captain Salman Butt and bowlers Mohammad Asif and Mohammad Aamir, who were charged with violating the code of conduct.

Pakistan went down 2-3 in the One-Day International series, and 3-1 in Tests besides losing both the Twenty20 games on the England tour.

Waqar said he hoped the three players would be available for the ICC Cricket World Cup, starting in February next year and jointly co-hosted by India, Sri Lanka and Bangladesh.

"Asif and Aamir had been progressing very well but if they are not available we have replacements in mind and they will step in, like we have three good spinners who will come handy in the World Cup held in the sub-continent."

Waqar said Pakistan will use a combination of youth and experience.

"We have a blend of youth and experience and with Younis Khan coming into the squad against South Africa we have a chance to blend the team and it's always good to have experience backing up the youth," said Waqar.

"We are mindful of the preparations for the World Cup and the team is very much on course," said Waqar who was captain when Pakistan crashed out in the first round of the ICC Cricket World Cup in South Africa seven years ago.

Pakistan was also ousted in the first round of the last ICC Cricket World Cup, held in the West Indies in 2007.