'Banned' ex-Pak skipper Malik says current side playing like 'underperforming' India of 1990s

Islamabad, Sept 18 (ANI): Former Pakistani captain Salim Malik, who had been given a life ban for match-fixing, has slammed the current national team, saying that it is similar to the Indian side of the 1990s which 'did not play as an unit.'

According to the Daily Times, Malik, who was given the life ban in 2000, expressed his disappointment with the team's performance in Zimbabwe, saying that they are playing in the same way in which India did against Pakistan during the 1980s and 1990s.

According to Malik, when Pakistan was winning in 1980s against India, they always felt that most of the Indian players at that time did not play as an unit, were just interested in scoring mere 30s and 40s and securing their chances for the next match, adding that this was the reason why India at that time did not succeed against Pakistan.

Stating that the current Pakistan squad is facing a similar problem, Malik also said that he does not see the team's players performing as a unit and having the will to perform as a team which does not work as cricket is a team sport.

Malik also said that the present Pakistan team lacked the will and pride to do well and needs to radically change their approach, adding that ironically the current Indian team is playing as an unit, with all players willing to contribute.

Malik also felt that Pakistan would need to work hard to overcome their problems or they will face a tough time against South Africa in the coming series. (ANI)

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