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On the eve of Pakistan's first warm-up match, I put a few questions to Bob. Here are his answers:
Question 1: Do you possess enough match-winning bowlers?
Bob's answer: Depending on the surfaces we have a well balanced attack. If they bowl as a unit we will be competitive. This world cup may well revolve around the batting performances - bowling in one day cricket now is more dependent on the disciplines they follow.
Q2: The view from the boundary, and the living room, is that Inzy's captaincy style is too laid back. Is that true? Is he capable of great leadership?
Bob: There are two answers to this question. His captaincy is fine for one-day cricket. I expect him to lead from the front.
Q3: Where will he bat?
Bob: That is for us to know and for the pundits and the opposition to find out.
Q4: The opening batsmen remain under pressure. Will you be trying any new strategies?
Bob: Opening batsmen in all teams are under pressure. Ours more so because of the tendency for all Pakistani pundits to believe they can do better.
Q5: Who is your finisher?
Bob: The batsmen in at the time. All players are aware that they have to take responsibility for finishing an innings. Malik at 6 is most likely to be there at the end if all goes well.
Q6: Can your legspinners win you the World Cup?
Bob: I personally wouldn't want to put them under any pressure to do so. A lot will depend on the type of surfaces we are playing on. Cricket remains a team game where we hope all players will contribute to winning.
Q7: How do you expect the pitches to play? Will they suit Pakistan?
Bob: This is the unknown factor, of the two practice pitches we have had they have both turned appreciably.
Q8: Who do you see as Pakistan's main threats?
Bob: All teams must be respected and each game must be taken one at a time. All sides are good enough to beat each other on the day.
Q9: Which players will you be asking to stand up and lead by example?
Bob: I expect all players to lead by example throughout the tournament.
Kamran Abbasi is an editor, writer and broadcaster. He tweets hereFeeds: Kamran Abbasi
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Kamran Abbasi is an editor, writer and broadcaster. He was the first Asian columnist for Wisden Cricket Monthly and wisden.com. Kamran is the editor of the Journal of the Royal Society of Medicine. @KamranAbbasi