'Karachi pitch looks result-oriented'
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'Karachi pitch looks result-oriented'

Inzamam hinted that his side might go in with three fast bowlers to exploit the green-top wicket.

india Updated: Jan 28, 2006 19:16 IST

Pakistan captain Inzamam-ul-Haq on Saturday hinted that his side might go in with three fast bowlers to exploit the green-top wicket of the National Stadium where the third Test against India begins on Sunday.

Inzamam, racing against time to be fit for the crucial rubber, said the wicket prepared for the Test here looked much better than the flat track at Faisalabad and fielding three seamers could be a viable option.

"It (track) looks better than the Faisalabad one. It would be good to go in with three fast bowlers. It looks like a result-oriented pitch," he said at a pre-match press conference.

Inzamam also confirmed that his team's bowling spearhead Shoaib Akhtar, who had strained his ankle during the second Test, was fit.

But as far as his own availability was concerned, he said he had given himself time till the morning of the match to decide whether he would take the field.

"I am much better and want to play, but will decide only tomorrow morning," said Inzamam who has been troubled by his back since the second Test at Faisalabad.

Asked who would open the innings in the absence of Shoaib Malik, Inzamam said his team had a few options.

"We have certain options, Imran Farhat for one," he said.

Asked to comment on Moin Khan's observation that Sachin Tendulkar was on a decline, Inzamam said, "he has played only one innings in the series so far. It is not enough to judge a player's form."

"I don't read newspaper columns by former players. There are too many of them around," he said.

Asked about the on-field exchange of words between the two teams at Faisalabad, Inzamam said the matter was not serious.

"Nothing serious has taken place. Referee has not given a written complaint."

Inzamam said though there was pressure to win the home series on Pakistan, India too were under pressure to win.

The 35-year-old Multan batsman refused to single out any key Indian batsman whose dismissal would be crucial.

"India is strong in batting. It's not easy to single out any one batsman and say he's the key. Our bowlers will have to toil hard to dismiss the entire team," he said.

First Published: Jan 28, 2006 19:16 IST