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We have variety in attack: Pakistan coach

cricket Updated: Mar 09, 2007 12:11 IST
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Pakistan's cricket coach Bob Woolmer on Tuesday put a brave face on the absence of two key fast bowlers, saying his team had the resources to do well in the World Cup.

Pacemen Shoaib Akhtar and Mohammad Asif were ruled out of the one-day mega event in the Caribbean due to injuries after being originally included in the squad.

This was not the first time the pair were unavailable for a big tournament as both had to return home after testing positive for a banned substance before their team's first match in the Champions Trophy in India last October.

"This time we were prepared for it," Woolmer told AFP.

"We were told by the Pakistan Cricket Board they were unlikely (to take part in the World Cup). The injuries were very severe. They are important members of our team, but unfortunately they didn't make it.

"The players who have been doing the hard work for the last three years have earned their places in the side. I am pleased and I am sure they will deliver the goods here," he said.

The Pakistani coach said his team still had variations in attack, with Rana Naved-ul-Hasan, Umar Gul and Shoaib Malik capable of testing the best on all surfaces.

"Rana was the man of the match in India (in 2005). But there has been a slump in his form lately and I think that happens in cricket.