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Saeed Ajmal. -Photo by AP

ISLAMABAD: Off-spinner Saeed Ajmal will be Pakistan's ''trump card'' during their short cricket tour of India this month, coach Dav Whatmore said on Friday.  

The 35-year-old Ajmal is ranked No. 1 in one-day internationals and Twenty20s, with 109 wickets in 71 ODIs and 69 wickets in 48 T20s.

''Saeed Ajmal will always remain a trump card for us as we all know he's a wonderful bowler,'' Whatmore said in Lahore.

''He's very much needed, and he will always remain a threat.''

Ajmal's doosra that turns away from the right-handers continues to baffle batsmen. But he's expected to have to share an extra workload in the one-dayers after enigmatic all-rounder Shahid Afridi was dropped by the selectors due to poor form.

Pakistan's short training camp was confined to the National Cricket Academy in Lahore due to rain on Friday.  Former captain Inzamam-ul-Haq was expected to pass on batting advice before the team leaves for India on Dec. 22.

''He's been a stalwart for Pakistan cricket and he's only recently retired so he's able to pass on some knowledge against contemporary bowlers he has faced,'' Whatmore said.

Inzamam has been appointed as a batting consultant on a series-to-series basis by the Pakistan Cricket Board.

''He has faced the Indian bowlers so he is able to work with our players and discuss and let them know how he approached the same bowlers that we are going to approach.''

The series, the first between the neighbours in five years, features two T20s and three ODIs beginning at Bangalore on Dec. 25.

Tours between them were suspended since the 2008 terror attack in Mumbai, which India blamed on Pakistan. Since then they have only met in tournaments.

Whatmore said no matter what type of pitches they met in Bangalore, Ahmedabad, Chennai, Calcutta and New Delhi, he just hoped they were conducive to good matches.

''We've got five different venues, the pitches at those venues, I think, are slightly different,'' he said.

''Inherently you have certain venues that will play in a certain way ... both sides have decent players of all conditions. But, you know, the conditions in India are fairly well known to our boys and it will be a good contest.''

Whatmore was appointed coach in March and soon after the former Australia Test batsman guided Pakistan to victory in the Asia Cup in Bangladesh.

''This will be the first time we'll play more than two or three times in a small series, it's an honor to be part of that,'' he said.

''It will be an experience.''

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Comments (19)

S Ravindran
December 14, 2012 5:46 pm
Don't worry pakistanis.. You can have a comfortable win over India... Now we are playing with 4 old men .. don't worry they will throw their wicket as you wish.... Celebrations of England over.. Now it is the turn of pakistan in India.... Keep it up old guys... /S Ravindran
December 14, 2012 4:29 pm
I guess you are an expert in this field to pass this kind of judgement.Doubters like you have been dealt with already and unlike you, there have been many credible people who have approved of his action along with the ICC. This is more like 'sour grapes'. Stand in line and go back crying.
December 15, 2012 9:07 am
Sir Tendulkar will bestow his love on Pakistani bowlers?
he is ok
December 14, 2012 3:24 pm
And who brainwashed you with that! His action is good enough to be declared clean.
December 15, 2012 2:12 am
Dream on Mr Whatmore you did not see the thrashing of Ajmal by Virat Kohli and sachan in the world cup ,you dont know what you are talking about.
December 15, 2012 1:47 am
Conspiracy theories by Pakistanis have already begun even before the start. Very well done. If India is loosing, Pakistan needs to be careful as they will try to regain their reputation. If India is winnin, Pakistan needs to be careful as they are in good form. India will make placid pitches for what ?? Will Pakistan bat on differenct pitch ? or are pitches in Pakistan any different from India ?
December 14, 2012 1:56 pm
Saeed Ajmal's action is not clean. ICC was terrified by Pakistan's ability to destroy its scantity and integrity through propaganda and play victim card that got him clearance. His action is clearly suspect.
December 14, 2012 6:26 pm
Sour Grapes my dear!!
mohsin meghani
December 14, 2012 8:24 pm
it was well approved and better than murli , and icc have accept his bowling a proper. this is lame excuse
December 14, 2012 6:19 pm
Sour grapes? Get over it pal.
December 14, 2012 6:17 pm
Can these people stop shooting from the rear end and just let the bat and ball do the talking. Saeed Ajmal will potentially only bowl a max of 4 and 10 overs during the T20 and ODI matches. Are we really expecting magic from Ajmal in every game. Do we need a reminder that its a team sport and almost everyone needs to excel for the favorable results.
Muba Khan
December 14, 2012 11:02 pm
That is why he has been cleared to bowl from Australian bio-mechanics lab after extensive testing?
December 14, 2012 10:56 pm
India was good only in their own backyard, but recently England have thrashed them to pieces, Tendulkar and other batting legends are history. Remember what Pakistan did to Indian cricket team when Saqulain Mushtaq toured India they have yet to mature and win away series so don't cry baby, Indian cricket has a long way to go before they will become world class team.
December 14, 2012 2:43 pm
well said man...
December 14, 2012 3:52 pm
The series has already been decided, it is going to be a gift from PCB to BCCI. PCB and the players will get the money, from BCCI and the bookies as well, and Indian out of form batsmen will "magically" find their form and win the series for the home crowd. Win-win for everyone.
December 14, 2012 12:33 pm
The Best! Nothing more....
December 14, 2012 3:27 pm
So is the England wining habit !!!
December 18, 2012 10:23 am
@Shri .. who said "Saeed Ajmal’s action is not clean......" There something called sports man spirit which is so lacking in you. Learn to accept your defeats
December 14, 2012 12:47 pm
The problem is that bowling would not be that relevant as India would try to regain their reputation after humiliation from England. They would make placed batting wickets and players like Tendulkar, Sehwaq and Dhoni would thrash the bowlers to prove their worth. The only chance Pakistan has is to win the toss and bat. And then pressure to score at a high rate may help Ajmal to make an influence. Otherwise, Pakitasn's chasing a big score with this batting would be impossible.
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