Recovered from chest infection October 13, 2004

Moin back in the fold

Wisden Cricinfo Staff

Moin Khan, who has missed Pakistan's last two matches in the Paktel Cup with a chest infection, will keep wicket tomorrow in the final group game, which is a dress rehearsal for the final against Sri Lanka after Zimbabwe, the other side participating, lost three of their group games and had the other one rained off.

"Moin will be keeping wicket as I feel more comfortable with a regular keeper," Inzamam-ul-Haq, Pakistan's captain, "although now we have a good option in Younis for future matches."

Younis Khan, who kept in Moin's absence, was Man of the Match in his first game with the gloves, conceding no byes and hitting a sprightly 77.

Although the places for the final are already decided, Inzamam insisted there would be no short cuts on Thursday: "I would like to see us winning both matches and being consistent in our performances, because consistency has been a problem with us in recent months." He continued: "We will play our full-strength side. The national team is not there to groom players but for players to perform."

Sri Lanka will enter Lahore's Gaddafi Stadium tomorrow with fond memories. They have won five of their eight matches there, including the 1996 World Cup final.

"It is very important for us to win this one to boost our confidence for the final," said John Dyson, Sri Lanka's coach. "We are still short of practice in this competition and the last game being washed out against Zimbabwe didn't help our preparations."