LAHORE – Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) chairman Shaharyar Khan on Tuesday admitted concerns over Pakistan’s inability to tackle the swinging pitches in New Zealand but hoped the team will bounce back in the second Test which begins this Friday.

The black caps overpowered Pakistan in the first Test of the two-match series in Christchurch where the playing conditions created problems for the green shirts but Shahrayar pinned hope on the cricket team for the next tussle.

“The team was doing well before the tour of New Zealand,” he said adding that batsmen have had problems in the past in New Zealand but Pakistan had the potential to stage a comeback in the second Test.

“Winning the Hamilton Test would boost the morale of the team especially before the tour of Australia ” Shaharyar added.

Misbah would be missing the second test both due to ban imposed on him for slow over rate and because he headed back to Pakistan after his father in law passed away in Lahore.