Sami likely to be replaced by Asif
"We will be making one or two changes in the team," Pakistan skipper told on the eve of second Test match starting at the Iqbal Stadium.india Updated: Jan 20, 2006 18:32 IST
Pakistan's pacer Mohammd Sami is a doubtful starter for the second test against India from Saturday and is likely to be replaced by Mohammad Asif.
Pakistan captain Inzamam-ul-Haq told on Friday that there would be one or two changes in the side but did not elaborate on what these would be.
Sources in the Pakistan team told Reuters Sami had come down with high fever and a sore throat and was unlikely to be fit for the match.
"Asif is expected to replace him as he has been with the squad since the England series and is in good bowling form," the source said.
Asif has played just one test, against Australia in Sydney a year ago and made his ODI debut against England last month, taking two wickets.
Inzamam said after the high-scoring drawn first test in Lahore he was hopeful of a result in the second test.
"This pitch looks a bit different from the one in Lahore and I think we can get a result here. It is a good test pitch and you can see some grass on it and there should be something in it for the bowlers," he said.
Indian captain Rahul Dravid agreed.
"I think there should be something in it for the bowlers in the first few hours and then it should be good for batting. But later I hope there is something in it for the bowlers and it could be a good even contest," he said.
Both teams played out a predictable draw in Lahore where Pakistan amassed 679 for seven on a dead track and India replied with 410 for one with bad weather also spoiling play on the last three days.
"Whatever the pitch we must ensure we play good cricket on all five days. It is an important series and we would like to do well," Dravid said.
He indicated India were considering some changes for the test but said a final decision was yet to be made.
The Indians are said to be considering playing five bowlers with allrounder RP Singh or left arm pacer Zaheer Khan likely to replace former captain Sourav Ganguly.
Dravid also confirmed he would continue to open the innings with VirenderSehwag and ruled out Ganguly doing this.
"The hundred I got in Lahore it has given us some options for this series and I will continue doing the job," he said.
Dravid, who scored 128 not out put on 410 for the first wicket with VirenderSehwag who scored a blistering 254 runs, his second successive double hundred against Pakistan.
Inzamam said it was difficult to make judgments based on the Lahore test.
"There was nothing there for the bowlers. But obviously we have discussed ways to see he (Sehwag) does not score too many runs and our bowlers will have to put the ball in the right areas to him."
First Published: Jan 20, 2006 17:12 IST