Pakistan's tour of India: We’ll use pace to rattle India, says Hafeez

Published: November 30, 2012

Gul looks to be Pakistan’s most experienced fast-bowler on the tour and will need to put a poor 2012 behind him where he has taken just 15 wickets in 13 ODIs. PHOTO: AFP


Pakistan’s Twenty20 captain Mohammad Hafeez said that the team will be banking on its pace artillery to win the upcoming limited-overs series in India.

Hafeez’s comments come at a time when India were handed a 10-wicket drubbing by England in the second Test in Mumbai – Monty Panesar and Graeme Swann shared 19 wickets between them. But given the spin attack Pakistan has – Saeed Ajmal, Shahid Afridi, Hafeez himself and the likelihood of Raza Hasan being part of the squad – it is highly unlikely that India will prepare turning pitches for the series.

But despite the slow-bowling riches, Pakistan are likely to attack India with something that has worked for them in the past – pace.

“Historically our pacers have always troubled the Indian batsmen in India and this time also we will be banking on them to do the same thing again,” said Hafeez who added that spin was not the answer against Asian sides. “There is no doubt that Ajmal and Afridi are world-class bowlers but against Asian teams they have not had the same degree of success as opposed to other sides.

“The reason for this is simple. Asian batsmen grow up in conditions which spinners thrive in and therefore learn to cope with them from an early age. That is one reason why teams touring India always try to outgun the Indian team through their pace attack.”

Hafeez said the Pakistani fast-bowlers selected for the tour will have to be at their best.

“If our pacers bowl well and get wickets, there is no reason why we can’t win the series.”

Since the bans handed out to Mohammad Asif and Mohammad Amir, Pakistan’s pace battery faces constant chopping and changing. While Umar Gul looks certain to be part of the squads despite his inconsistency, other slots are still open.

“We have some exciting talent in the pace department and it is now up to the selectors to select the best lot.”

The national selectors are said to be considering picking four to five pace bowlers for the India tour and 19-year old pacer Ehsan Adil, who has been outstanding in the first class President’s Trophy, could get a nod. The out-of-contention left-arm pacer Wahab Riaz, who took five wickets against India at Mohali in the 2011 World Cup semi-final, has also shown consistent form in domestic matches recently. But chief selector Iqbal Qasim, though, told The Express Tribune yesterday that there will not be much experimentation for the upcoming series.



“Asian batsmen grow up in conditions which spinners thrive in and therefore learn to cope. That is one reason why teams touring India always try to outgun the Indian team through their pace attack.”



“If we manage to contain their batsmen with good bowling then we stand a good chance of achieving good results. Otherwise, it will become a very tough series for us.”

Published in The Express Tribune, November 30th, 2012.

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Reader Comments (6)

  • spyder
    Nov 30, 2012 - 2:49AM

    how pakistan play will again depend on team selection. If the selectors insist on picking players such as sami, sohail tanvir shoaib malik and imran farhat who have consistently underperformed internationally, then the results can only swing one way. Based on the Presidents trophy as well as recent internationals, Gul, Junaid Khan, Ehsan Adil and Wahab Riaz seem to be the best options at the moment. Up and coming bowlers such as Imran khan, anwar ali and mohammad khalil should also be taken to get exposure to the international scene, as was done with mitchell starc and josh hazlewood for australia


  • Kamran Qadri
    Nov 30, 2012 - 6:52AM

    Its funny to read Hafeezs statement, i remeber watching him in last 20/20 match against India, where he himself couldnt even bat againt Indias old and fragile slow medium pace with his hands frozen, head down not even looking at the bowler, i believe he himself should be out of Pakistani cricket team and play club cricket as it will be a blessing for Pakistan.Recommend

  • Nov 30, 2012 - 3:39PM

    i must say that bring back bowler like shoab akthar who can bowl 150/155 kmph plz pakisastan HOD pakistan known for pace in international cricket but that fun was gone and mr spyder ur right man all these experienced have forget their games see every player . and plz bring back young guns into the team


  • Niranjan
    Dec 1, 2012 - 9:41AM

    Please don’t bring hafeez saeed!! We have been generous enough to grant you guys visa, despite your ill conducts; and don’t misuse it.


  • Sam
    Dec 1, 2012 - 1:52PM

    How can Pakistan even think of that when India has got much more pace in their ranks..Ishant,Umesh,Varun ..all can bowl above 150 whereas no Pak bowler can do that..


  • ali
    Dec 5, 2012 - 4:50AM

    i think so the hafeez is a brilliant player but not a far as ia m concerned that afridi is a good captain


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