Pakistan skipper Misbah-ul-Haq was moved to send a text message to his team-mates on Friday morning, exhorting them to play for the whole of Pakistan in a do-or-die game against Ireland in the teams’ final Group B league game in the ICC Cricket World Cup at the Adelaide Oval on Sunday.

Spin bowling consultant Mushtaq Ahmed, a World Cup winner in 1992, revealed that the Pakistan captain had sent a very important message to all members of the squad. “We are fighting for Pakistan; we must win it for the nation; Let us all give our 100 per cent and leave the result to God,” Misbah is said to have written to his team-mates.

The dapper Mushtaq Ahmed told reporters at the Adelaide Oval on Friday that Head Coach Waqar Younis had always pointed out that if the team did not believe that something could be achieved, then there was no scope to achieve that. “Back in 1992, our skipper Imran Khan had such strong faith,” he said

Mushtaq Ahmed mirrored the quiet confidence in the camp that they will beat Ireland, finish third in Group B behind India and South Africa so that they can assure themselves a place in the quarterfinals and be ready for all-comers. “We are all trying hard to stick to our processes so that the players have the belief that they can go the distance in the World Cup,” he said.