Kolkata:Faced with a plethora of fitness problems on the eve of the second Test against India here, Pakistan skipper Shoaib Malik on Thursday admitted it was a difficult time for his team but hoped his players would rise to the challenge.
"Injuries are a regular feature for players. They can play with niggles. After all, you are playing for your country."
"We have to win this Test which is very crucial for us.
There is no other option before us," Malik said at the pre-match media conference when asked how his players could be motivated when even fielding 11 fit cricketers was a problem.
Seamer Mohammad Sami was also down with chest infection and skipped practice.
"He is also under treatment. I hope both Sami and Shoaib will recover in time for the match," the skipper said.
When a scribe drew his attention to remarks that seniors in the team were not cooperating with him, Malik said, "These things come up when you are losing. You have to take these things in your stride".