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Pakistan ready to give Tigers their own medicine

  • Sports Correspondent
  • 16 November, 2021 12:00 AM
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Pakistan ready to give Tigers their own medicine
Pakistan’s Hasan Ali (right) catches a ball during a training session at the National Cricket Academy ground in Mirpur on Monday. – AFP PHOTO

Pakistan’s in-form wicketkeeper-batsman Mohammad Rizwan on Monday said that they’re not losing their sleep by thinking too much about the slow and low wickets in Bangladesh and insisted that they would be banking on their strengths during their upcoming T20I series against the hosts.

“As far as Dhaka is concerned, the condition is different in every place. Before the World Cup there was a lot of turn and grip and obviously, it was very difficult but now tomorrow I’ll go and see how the pitch is prepared and what the condition is like,” Rizwan said.

“We can say from our idea that here the ball will grip and it will be slow but it will be much clearer tomorrow when I go to the field and assess it,” he added.

Pakistan looked well-prepared to face the Bangladesh challenge during their first practice session as all their spinners bowled in the main wickets of the National Cricket Academy ground in Mirpur on Monday.

Pakistan’s opening day’s training session was mostly designed for their spinners as Shadab Khan and Imad Wasim spent a lot of time bowling in the nets while Usman Qadir, son of legendary leg-spinner Abdul Qadir and also a wrist-spinner, bowled many overs at the centre wicket of the NCA.

Pakistan pacer Hasan Ali, who dropped a crucial catch during their ICC T20 World Cup semifinal against Australia, was seen spending hours in the field doing catching practice.

Meanwhile, Pakistan brought their national flag during their practice session – a gesture that they are maintaining since Saqlain Mushtaq named their interim head coach and they hoisted two flags at two sides of their practice ground.

Rizwan, who didn’t practice on the opening day, claimed that he would start practising from today while adding that they’re not worrying about their power-play performances and would try to continue what they did in the UAE.

Although Pakistan showcased a brilliant batting performance during their campaign in the recent World Cup, they scored the lest amount of runs among the four semifinalists of the tournament.

They scored at an average of 37 runs in the power-play of the tournament while England, Australia and New Zealand scored at an average of 47.66, 46.71 and 42 runs respectively in the first six overs. 

“I’m fine now. I had some breathing problems in Dubai but now I’m fine and hopefully, I’ll start training from tomorrow. The doctors and physio prescribed some rest and I have completed it,” he said.

“Look if we talk about the power-play, we have to admit that it was our strength…We didn’t give wickets to the main bowlers of the opponent and we kept our wickets intact and scored 160 or 170 in Dubai by pushing in the end.

“We must assess the condition and I admit that the power-play didn’t happen as we would have liked but you have to realize that power-hitting teams also scored 42 to 43 or at 45 runs in the power-play. If you bring out our average it will end up at 40 (37) but the thing is that we didn’t lose wickets in the power-play,” he added.