Bowling is our strength, says Miandad
Pakistan cricket team coach Javed Miandad said his team has a bowling edge over South Africa in next month's one-day international and Test series.Updated: Sep 29, 2003 21:02 IST
Pakistan cricket team coach Javed Miandad said Monday his team has a bowling edge over South Africa in next month's one-day international and test series.
The South Africans are due to arrive in this northern city early Tuesday to play five one-day internationals and two test matches.
The United Cricket Board of South Africa reversed its earlier decision to call off the tour after a bomb exploded in an empty building of southern port city of Karachi on Sept. 19.
The UCBSA agreed to play five one-day internationals and two test matches in the Punjab province at Lahore, Faisalabad and Rawalpindi after both Karachi and Peshawar were scrapped from the itinerary. "We welcome them with open arms. It's a big learning opportunity for us to compete against team like South Africa," Miandad told The Associated Press.
"Bowling is our strength and we hope (our batters) put enough runs on board so that we can dictate terms."
Paceman Shoaib Akhtar will share the new ball with Muhammad Sami with two emerging fast bowlers Shabbir Ahmad and Umer Gul to support them. Pakistan cricket selectors have also recalled Mushtaq Ahmed after two years in wilderness as the leg-spinner claimed over 100 wickets in this year's English county championship to help Sussex lift its first title.
"We have seen the videos (of South African cricketers) and have discussed their weak areas."
Miandad was also aware that the Proteas are known to often choke in crunch matches. It lost the tri series final in England after posting just over 100 runs and also lost the fourth test after amassing 484 runs in the first innings, helping England level the test series 2-2.
"As Steve Waugh (the Australian test captain) has also said that South Africans choke under pressure, we would also try to capitalize on it," Miandad said.
First Published: Sep 29, 2003 19:40 IST