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Pak will not take Zim lightly: Waqar
Thursday 25 August 2011

Pakistan coach Waqar Younis has warned his team against complacency during their tour of Zimbabwe.

Pakistan squad that includes former captain Shoaib Malik -- back after a one-year gap -- and some new faces left this morning for a tour during which they will play a Test, three one-day internationals and two Twenty20 matches.

"Zimbabwe has played some disciplined and planned cricket to beat Bangladesh for which they deserve credit and respect.

Our team will also treat this series with great importance and there is no question of any complacency in our side," Waqar, who will step down as coach after the tour, told reporters at the airport.

He pointed out that Zimbabwe were a resurgent side and eager to prove themselves on the international stage.

"They have made a comeback to Test cricket after nearly six years and they have inducted some new players so they are hungry to make their mark and we have to be very careful to play disciplined and patient cricket," he said.

The former Test captain also noted that the Pakistan squad included a number of young players who were touring Zimbabwe for the first time so it would be a learning experience for them.

"We are not underestimating Zimbabwe at all and we know it is going to be a tough series but we have lot of exciting talent and also the presence of some proven performers in Younis, Misbah, Hafeez and now Malik," Waqar said.

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