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Players must focus on performance, not results: Sarfraz


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Under-pressure Pakistan captain Sarfraz Ahmed has said he will ask the players to not worry too much about the results and instead focus on doing their best.

Sarfraz received flack for his role in his side’s dismal 2-1 Test defeat against New Zealand — Pakistan’s first home defeat against the Black Caps since 1969 — but has urged the team to give it their all and not look at the back.

“We will tell the players that they should just remain calm and play their best game instead of focusing on the results,” he said, while speaking to the media before the team’s departure to South Africa.

Sarfraz also said that he will ask the players to not worry too much about the New Zealand series and that all the focus is now on the task ahead.

“What has happened as happened, now all of the focus is on the upcoming series,” he said.

However, Sarfraz did say that the batsmen need to take advantage of their good form and not throw away their wicket.

“We need to work on consistency and the batsmen need to cash in on good form. If they have scored big in one innings then they should also look to score big in the next,” he said.

South African pitches are known to be notoriously difficult for batsmen from the subcontinent due to their penchant for providing pacers with extra seam and bounce off the surface.

“Pacers will play an important role in South Africa and of course we have [leg-spinner] Yasir Shah as well,” said Sarfraz. “However, we must outperform South Africa in all three areas of the game if we are to win against them.”