Champions Trophy 2013 May 6, 2013

Ajmal eager to succeed on batting tracks

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Pakistan offspinner Saeed Ajmal has been working closely with the team's video analyst as he prepares to target the opposition's batsmen, including Chris Gayle, in the Champions Trophy in England. Ajmal said he was expecting batting pitches during the tournament but said his variations would be effective during the tournament.

"I know they [teams] plan against me," Ajmal told reporters on the fourth day of the training camp in Abbottabad. "And I am also planning against them. Although I haven't added any new variation this time, I am looking at their videos and planning accordingly. Spinners have an important role in all formats of the game and those like me, who bowl in death overs, have to work extra hard to counter the batsmen.

"We are targeting players like Chris Gayle, who plays so well in Twenty20," Ajmal said. "He [Gayle] may be a good batsman but I am also the number one spinner (in ODI rankings) and look forward to dismissing him quickly and seizing the advantage."

The specialist batsmen skipped the fourth day of the camp while the bowlers had an extended batting session. The batsmen, instead, opted to have physical training sessions at the Army PT school within the Pakistan Military Academy, where the team is currently staying. At the ground, Ajmal, Junaid Khan, Abdur Rehman and Mohammad Irfan had individual batting sessions in the nets with assistant coach Shahid Aslam.

"Tail-enders weren't given a proper run with the bat in the past but now coaches insist on giving bowlers ample training so that they can stay at the crease," Ajmal said. "In case the top order collapses, a tail-ender must have the ability to score 20-odd runs and share a stand of at least 70 to 80 runs."

The PCB has developed different types of pitches, including a grassy one at the Abbottabad Stadium, to give the batsmen a look into the conditions during the Champions Trophy. Ajmal also said that Pakistan were preparing for different kinds of tracks, in spite of the fact that most limited-over tournaments featured batting pitches.

"I think 90% of the pitches in the world are batting tracks while green tops are only 10 to 15%," Ajmal said. "We are preparing ourselves for everything. This will be the last Champions Trophy and hopefully we can win this."

Umar Farooq is ESPNcricinfo's Pakistan correspondent. He tweets here

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  • on May 8, 2013, 16:59 GMT

    yes ajmal needs to be 100% for this. his SA tour was not that fruitfull but he also didnt get much support from others. hope he gets some this time around.

  • on May 8, 2013, 16:58 GMT

    discussion about other players, i think only ahmed shehzad deserved to be in as he has very good domestic season.

  • wrenx on May 8, 2013, 15:59 GMT

    Really glad to see the team putting in the work. Regardless of how the results go, as long as they put their best efforts in, it will be worthwhile. And also good to see the PCB organising matches in Scotland and Ireland beforehand, which can be warm-ups before the tournament. I don't think other teams are doing this, with the IPL on. The only other teams playing right now are Bangladesh and Zimbabwe, who won't be competing, and New Zealand and England, who will be playing the longer-form.

  • on May 8, 2013, 6:58 GMT

    A well Balanced team and i hope they do well

  • PAKISTANiLive on May 7, 2013, 10:35 GMT

    @kingsland and batsmen like AFRIDI, Nazir, Umar Akmal, Ahmed Shehzad, Abdul Razzaq can make our batting line-up strong, I think u must be dreaming! We need Solid batsman, none of these is a pure solid batsman! They r hard hitters

  • Hassan_U on May 7, 2013, 8:30 GMT

    @kingsland ......seems like you want to have all openers playing. Ahmed Shahzad, Imran Nazir, Awais Zia on top you have Jamshad, Farhat, Hafeez and Kamran Akmal. Be real with your selection choices.

  • Rameesme on May 7, 2013, 7:14 GMT

    You are the Number one, show your magic there.. all the best

  • Crick_Expert on May 7, 2013, 5:50 GMT

    In UK tour I don't think PAK weak batting can win a single game. PCB should evaluate each player base on natural talent. Misbah/Mr. tuktuk, Asad Safiq, Sohaib Malik, should be in TEST team only. Fast players like Ahmed Shahzad, AFRIDI, Adul Razzak, Imran Nazir, Hammad Azam, Awais Zia, should be include in ODI/T20.

  • Crick_Expert on May 7, 2013, 5:40 GMT

    PAK team fear off Chris Gayle, while dropped AFRIDI from whose Gayle learnt how to hard hit six.

  • Crick_Expert on May 7, 2013, 5:37 GMT

    There is no doubt Ajmal is world class spin bowler. But in UK condition the game picture will be different than his Dream. The reality is what Ajmal or any bowler can do, when PAK weak batting score nothing?

  • on May 8, 2013, 16:59 GMT

    yes ajmal needs to be 100% for this. his SA tour was not that fruitfull but he also didnt get much support from others. hope he gets some this time around.

  • on May 8, 2013, 16:58 GMT

    discussion about other players, i think only ahmed shehzad deserved to be in as he has very good domestic season.

  • wrenx on May 8, 2013, 15:59 GMT

    Really glad to see the team putting in the work. Regardless of how the results go, as long as they put their best efforts in, it will be worthwhile. And also good to see the PCB organising matches in Scotland and Ireland beforehand, which can be warm-ups before the tournament. I don't think other teams are doing this, with the IPL on. The only other teams playing right now are Bangladesh and Zimbabwe, who won't be competing, and New Zealand and England, who will be playing the longer-form.

  • on May 8, 2013, 6:58 GMT

    A well Balanced team and i hope they do well

  • PAKISTANiLive on May 7, 2013, 10:35 GMT

    @kingsland and batsmen like AFRIDI, Nazir, Umar Akmal, Ahmed Shehzad, Abdul Razzaq can make our batting line-up strong, I think u must be dreaming! We need Solid batsman, none of these is a pure solid batsman! They r hard hitters

  • Hassan_U on May 7, 2013, 8:30 GMT

    @kingsland ......seems like you want to have all openers playing. Ahmed Shahzad, Imran Nazir, Awais Zia on top you have Jamshad, Farhat, Hafeez and Kamran Akmal. Be real with your selection choices.

  • Rameesme on May 7, 2013, 7:14 GMT

    You are the Number one, show your magic there.. all the best

  • Crick_Expert on May 7, 2013, 5:50 GMT

    In UK tour I don't think PAK weak batting can win a single game. PCB should evaluate each player base on natural talent. Misbah/Mr. tuktuk, Asad Safiq, Sohaib Malik, should be in TEST team only. Fast players like Ahmed Shahzad, AFRIDI, Adul Razzak, Imran Nazir, Hammad Azam, Awais Zia, should be include in ODI/T20.

  • Crick_Expert on May 7, 2013, 5:40 GMT

    PAK team fear off Chris Gayle, while dropped AFRIDI from whose Gayle learnt how to hard hit six.

  • Crick_Expert on May 7, 2013, 5:37 GMT

    There is no doubt Ajmal is world class spin bowler. But in UK condition the game picture will be different than his Dream. The reality is what Ajmal or any bowler can do, when PAK weak batting score nothing?

  • Muhammadbilalsaifi1 on May 7, 2013, 5:16 GMT

    I think saeed ajmal should stick to line and length for the left hander boz Who ever the batsman is . When u have good line and length they will not be able to hit u. he should be more concerned about ABD . Kholi , Amla . and the rest who can play spin well. and i am sure saeed is watching IPL . He can have a better sketch of the things .

  • class9ryan on May 7, 2013, 5:11 GMT

    Ajmal will helped by the Pakistani seamers on the seaming English conditions. If he can cut down runs from one end I don"t think Pakistan will have any poblems with their bowling. But their batting needs to fire, if they dont it will be curtains for them in this short tour.

  • reason-galore on May 7, 2013, 0:42 GMT

    If our batsmen find form then we might win... our batting relies too much on our bowling... our batsmen are capable people who can play some gems but they normally are too inconsistent and lack the will of a professional athlete... players like nasir jamshed are insanely talented but won't make the team in countries like australia or england or south africa because as a 23 year old, his fitness is appalling.

  • on May 6, 2013, 19:51 GMT

    the amount of preparation Pakistan is doing they should easily win. every other country is in the ipl so theres lack of preparation for them to win especially countries like india and sri lanka should get hammered

  • Asad_Khan1 on May 6, 2013, 18:36 GMT

    I agree with Stark62. He should be more worried about the best players of spin like Amla, ABD, Kohli and Dhoni instead of worrying too much about Gayle. In ODI's Gayle's lowest batting avg is against Srilanka, Pakistan and Australia. He also struggles against quality off-spinners usually.

  • on May 6, 2013, 18:15 GMT

    @atif hussain bro plz stay in touch with latest cricket news.yuvi was dropped from indian squad whereas hussey announced his retirement from intl cricket in early this year

  • PAKISTANiLive on May 6, 2013, 17:18 GMT

    Go AJMAL! GO Pakistan! Champions Trophy is waiting 4 u! GOOD LUCK!

  • on May 6, 2013, 16:04 GMT

    I think , he forget Hussey and Yuvi .. He is never been good against left handers

  • Omarrz on May 6, 2013, 15:50 GMT

    "We are targeting players like Chris Gayle, who plays so well in Twenty20," Ajmal said. "He [Gayle] may be a good batsman but I am also the number one spinner (in ODI rankings) and look forward to dismissing him quickly and seizing the advantage."

    Ajmal usually comes in after the 10th over, if by then Gayle is still not gone then forget the dream of having him dismissed cheaply.

  • on May 6, 2013, 15:14 GMT

    Inshallah we will be the champions... Go Green Shirts....

  • Stark62 on May 6, 2013, 15:04 GMT

    Don't worry about Gayle because Irfan, Junaid or Hafeez will take care of him.

    Worry about Amla, ABD, Kohli, Dhoni and Samuels.

  • on May 6, 2013, 14:45 GMT

    Good luck green shirts.inshallah we will be the champions.

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  • on May 6, 2013, 14:45 GMT

    Good luck green shirts.inshallah we will be the champions.

  • Stark62 on May 6, 2013, 15:04 GMT

    Don't worry about Gayle because Irfan, Junaid or Hafeez will take care of him.

    Worry about Amla, ABD, Kohli, Dhoni and Samuels.

  • on May 6, 2013, 15:14 GMT

    Inshallah we will be the champions... Go Green Shirts....

  • Omarrz on May 6, 2013, 15:50 GMT

    "We are targeting players like Chris Gayle, who plays so well in Twenty20," Ajmal said. "He [Gayle] may be a good batsman but I am also the number one spinner (in ODI rankings) and look forward to dismissing him quickly and seizing the advantage."

    Ajmal usually comes in after the 10th over, if by then Gayle is still not gone then forget the dream of having him dismissed cheaply.

  • on May 6, 2013, 16:04 GMT

    I think , he forget Hussey and Yuvi .. He is never been good against left handers

  • PAKISTANiLive on May 6, 2013, 17:18 GMT

    Go AJMAL! GO Pakistan! Champions Trophy is waiting 4 u! GOOD LUCK!

  • on May 6, 2013, 18:15 GMT

    @atif hussain bro plz stay in touch with latest cricket news.yuvi was dropped from indian squad whereas hussey announced his retirement from intl cricket in early this year

  • Asad_Khan1 on May 6, 2013, 18:36 GMT

    I agree with Stark62. He should be more worried about the best players of spin like Amla, ABD, Kohli and Dhoni instead of worrying too much about Gayle. In ODI's Gayle's lowest batting avg is against Srilanka, Pakistan and Australia. He also struggles against quality off-spinners usually.

  • on May 6, 2013, 19:51 GMT

    the amount of preparation Pakistan is doing they should easily win. every other country is in the ipl so theres lack of preparation for them to win especially countries like india and sri lanka should get hammered

  • reason-galore on May 7, 2013, 0:42 GMT

    If our batsmen find form then we might win... our batting relies too much on our bowling... our batsmen are capable people who can play some gems but they normally are too inconsistent and lack the will of a professional athlete... players like nasir jamshed are insanely talented but won't make the team in countries like australia or england or south africa because as a 23 year old, his fitness is appalling.