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“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.” -File photo

Pakistan captain Mohammad Hafeez on Wednesday said that they would be banking on their 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 sharing the spoils with 19 wickets on a rank turner.

But Hafeez’s men are unlikely to be offered any sharp turners for two simple reasons. First and foremost because limited-overs pitches are tailor-made to produce loads of runs. Secondly, and more logically, because Pakistan has in stock, perhaps, the best spin-bowling combination at the moment. Saeed Ajmal, Shahid Afridi, and Raza Hasan are complimented by Mohammad Hafeez, who many still consider a part-timer. Ajmal and Hafeez currently occupy the first and second spots in ICC’s ODI rankings for bowlers.

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

“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,” Hafeez told reporters.

According to him, spin is not the answer against Asian sides.

“There is no doubt that Saeed Ajmal and Shahid 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. Batsmen belonging to Asian teams 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 pace bowlers bowl well and get wickets there is no reason why we can’t win the series in India,” he said.

Currently, only Umar Gul and Junaid Khan are sure-shot picks. Though there is a long list of potentials on the domestic circuit, some of whom have even represented Pakistan, there is no clear choice to partner Gul or Junaid, both who have enjoyed limited success recently.

“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 Presidents Trophy, could get a look in.

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.

Chief selector Iqbal Qasim, though, said there wouldn’t be much experimentation for the upcoming series.

”It is a tough tour even though we are not playing Test matches and it is a short tour. But still we will need lot of experience to deal with the pressure of the big crowds and the hype and tension that usually comes with a series against India,” Qasim said.

There is no doubt that Pakistan will need to reinvent them to beat India, especially in the bowling department. And if that is to happen, contrary to what the chief selector thinks, Pakistan will need to take a few chances.

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Comments (38)

November 30, 2012 2:00 am
We saw it in World Cup, Asia Cup and T20 World cup. I dont even understand why BCCI is accomodating Pakistan. We will spoil the rest period of our players between Test Matches and ODIs with England. Where is rush for this series within series ? It will only benefit Pakistan.
Desi Baaba
November 30, 2012 12:48 am
Why is Hafeez still caption??? He should have been first one to let go. Only in Pakistan where it still matters "who you know"
Mile High Club
November 30, 2012 1:07 am
Wishful thinking Hafeez. This batch of current fast bowlers are no way near the class, aggression & pace of the legends Pak had in the past.
November 30, 2012 5:34 am
Mr Deepak it is coming do not worry, you will not find a place to hide. I agree with you Athar, Umar Gul is a use less bowler ,he does not know how to bowl according to field.
m ramzan ahmad
November 29, 2012 7:44 pm
but we should respect our senior players also as they are experience and have a Good record
November 30, 2012 4:51 am
Pace? What pace? Umar Gul is hardly a strike bowler - 3rd or 4 th change at best. Bring in the young guns. Out with the inconsistent, tired and jaded. Unfortunately, our selectors are also tired and jaded and will continue to select the same old garbage.
Salman Abbasi
November 29, 2012 7:48 pm
tabish khan,anwar ali and wahab riaz , dont wanna see gul ,sami and cheema
November 30, 2012 3:51 am
If Pakistan win, Pakistanis will say they gave India a drubbing. If Pakistan loses, Pakistanis will say match was fixed.
November 29, 2012 3:50 pm
I Say. Bring It On!
November 29, 2012 5:25 pm
Thats the spirit Deepak, it will be fun watching both countries play. Best of luck to both India and Pakistan
Karachi Wala
November 29, 2012 3:52 pm
Unless Pakistan comes up with some new and extra ordinary pacers, Hafeez better off exploring his spin options becasue none of the current lot comes anywhere near to Wasim, Waqar, and Shoib. Except maybe Junaid who seems to have a potential to generate pace, the rest are medium pacers and on Indian wickets it will mean nothing.
Ch.subba Rao
November 29, 2012 4:06 pm
pakistan always surprised with raw fast bowlers and we hope to see new sensation to arrive in india
November 30, 2012 6:01 pm
My man..........!!!!!!!!
Afser Khan
November 29, 2012 7:00 pm
This series is against the wishes of majority of Indians. It is a shame that the government of India and BCCI has approved it. Insha Allah, I am going to boycott it and not watch it on TV either.
November 29, 2012 3:02 pm
Well said, take risk , high risk = high reward.
November 29, 2012 3:03 pm
Hafeez can attack India with all the fast bowling he wants, but it will be the batting that makes the difference in the matches. Pakistan's batting is weak and inconsistent and batting collapses are common. Experienced batsmen like Yonus Khan and Mohd Yousuf need to be included in the team.
athar khan
November 29, 2012 3:06 pm
Please no more UMAR GUL HE IS TOTALLY USELESS. He got enough chances & repeatedly failed. Very expensive bowler, Most of the One day matches pakistan lost because of him. WE need young blood
November 29, 2012 5:24 pm
Lets give Tabish Khan a chance, he can swing the ball both ways. He is a fantastic pacer
November 29, 2012 5:05 pm
no more umar gul as he is completely useless now no more wahab riaz as he has failed time and time again. they should go with all new pace attack if they wana win the matches
November 29, 2012 4:52 pm
umar gul is the most rated bowler according to PCB even though he has not been performing well for last two year
November 29, 2012 4:51 pm
I am not in favor of this series. Our team and country is weak and we are going to play in india and any thing can happen to the players. So postpone this tour if it is in india or pak . it should always be in neutral grounds like uae or england .
November 29, 2012 4:49 pm
junaid khan must be in the team for uo coming series
Gul Khan
November 29, 2012 4:34 pm
Young pacers should not be picked in the squaid they should be in the playing old saying if you are goog enough you are old enough.all the Indians batsmen are vulnerable to short pitch bowling Gultasib Khan UK
November 29, 2012 4:30 pm
ANWAR ALI!!! Where is he? And why is he not being utilized?
November 30, 2012 6:00 pm
Good for you. You boycott it man, way to go.
November 29, 2012 3:36 pm
Unfortunately we continue to stress on poor bowling records while the reality is that bowler is useless if fieldng is as bad as we have. A good / recent example of that was the first test between India and England. If you paid attention to that test match you must have noticed 4 droped cataches by England in the first inning. England bowlers looked 3rd rated, as a result. Pakistani team should try to master their fielding skills to the extent where they can create chances for their bowlers by taking difficult catches, run outs , stoping boundries. Without a significant improvement in fielding they stand not chance against India or any top class team.
Nazir a. peerzada
November 29, 2012 3:27 pm
Hafiz is repeating an amazing rhyme regarding the performance of pace attack trying to shield the weakness in the batting field which has been deteriorating for the last four or five years.Moreover what can pace attack do if fielders on the field walk and move in an aristocratic way and leave the catches.
November 29, 2012 3:08 pm
They've got to give Ehsan Adil a game or two. ODI's. Pak has always relied and thrived on surprising opponents by introducing raw but talented players.
November 29, 2012 2:57 pm
agree mohsin
November 29, 2012 2:07 pm
M. Hafeez needs to shut up and concentrate on his pathetic batting performance. Even after 9 long yrs in internaitonal cricket, he's got a paltry 20s batting average to show. He's not shown any degree of improvement or learning as far as his batting techniques are concerned. Secondly, what pace attack is he talking about, that wayward, highly un-reliable Umar Gul? is that his best shot in terms of "pace artillery" God help us!
November 29, 2012 2:07 pm
As i said before, :Pakistan is going to loose the series merely due to political reasons.
Capt C M Khan
November 29, 2012 1:53 pm
And the Captain/selectors had earlier ignored Junaid for the T20 world cup. Pathetic. Anyway pick bowlers better than Gul, Indians enjoy him.
Mohsin Khan
November 29, 2012 1:28 pm
again and again and again..our chief selector still want to bank on the fried guns viewing their performance in T20 WC. may God gives them a courageous mind to select young talent rather than trying these empty guns
November 30, 2012 9:42 pm
Agreed. The way he is going, I won't be surprised that one day the chief selector might select himself for the team.
November 29, 2012 2:40 pm
Yes Hafeez is absolutely right. If your fast bowlers ball good and take wickets?. What does this mean Hafeez. You know it better. I can say if our openers bowl well and take wickets we can win against India. Perhaps the right thing to way will be if our wicket keeper bowls well and take wickets we can win this series easily. My dear Hafeez what about this big....."if"
December 1, 2012 5:33 pm
Pakisthanis criketers always shows(publicity players!)that they are the great. But the game wins by Indians. Why dont the pakisthani players work hard and talk less to the media?
December 1, 2012 1:55 pm
But we dn have Such Pace yet that can disturb Indian Batsmen
December 1, 2012 4:19 pm
Better to attack India with pace than Gouri missile!
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