Pakistan’s Twenty20 captain Mohammad Hafeez has said his team has chalked out a plan to defeat arch-rivals India in the first bilateral series against India in five years.
Hafeez said Pakistan would turn to their fast bowlers to target India’s strong batting line-up.
Hafeez felt that Pakistan could gain the upper-hand on their traditional rivals if the pacers put up a good show.
“Our fast-bowlers need to perform,” a Pakistan newspaper quoted Hafeez as saying, on the sidelines of the training camp in Lahore. “We have lost to India in the recent fixtures and that was because our fast-bowlers didn’t show strength like we have done in the past. If you see matches in the 80s and 90s, we dominated them because our fast-bowlers were on top and tamed their batting efficiently.”
“We have five fast bowlers (Umar Gul, Junaid Khan, Sohail Tanvir, Anwar Ali and Asad Ali) in the Twenty20 squad and I’m planning to make maximum use of them.”
But he didn’t discount the important role spinners Saeed Ajmal and Shahid Afridi had to play in the team. He was quoted by The Nation as saying that the duo were the best spinners of the world.
Hafeez said that all the Pakistani players were fit and would hopefully deliver good performance. "Hard work and higher display of commitment on part of the players will be the key to success against India and I am confident we will give tough time to India.
“One thing is very clear that we have a defined role for every player so that he should give his hundred percent to enhance the team's performance and steer the team to victory with his individual performance," Hafeez said.