Australia in the UAE 2012 September 4, 2012

'Not depending on Ajmal alone' - Hafeez

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Pakistan will not be depending on Saeed Ajmal alone during the three-match Twenty20 series against Australia, their captain Mohammad Hafeez has said. The series starts in Dubai on Wednesday with Australia having won the ODI series 2-1.

"Ajmal is a world-class bowler but we are not depending on him alone,"Hafeez told AFP. "I think other bowlers must support him from the other end."

Allrounder Abdul Razzaq and batsmen Yasir Arafat and Imran Nazir will return to the side, as will fast bowlers Umar Gul and Mohammad Sami to lead the attack and help Ajmal.

Ajmal troubled the Australian batsmen, taking ten of the 22 Australian wickets to fall in the series, but Australia exploited the other bowlers to win from tricky positions in the first and third matches.

"It's disappointing not to win the one-day series but we have got a good Twenty20 side and I am confident that we can beat Australia," Hafeez said.

Australia rode on the performances of captain Michael Clarke and Michael Hussey, and newcomer Glenn Maxwell scored a vital half-century in the decider. Maxwell, who played Ajmal intelligently, also made crucial contributions of 28 and 38 in the previous two games.

"Glenn was someone [coach] Mickey Arthur and I pushed really hard for (at selection) just because of the X-factor and the versatility that he has," Australia's T20I captain George Bailey said.

The side will see the return of Shane Watson, who is returning from a calf-injury he suffered in the ODI series against England, Ben Hilfenhaus, Pat Cummins and Clint McKay. "There'll be a nice injection of some energy and enthusiasm into the group. We'll try to find a settled lineup as quickly as possible, particularly with the batting. These will be really important games against Pakistan," Bailey said.

The games will also be important as they serve as a build-up to the World Twenty20 in Sri Lanka. Pakistan won the tournament in 2009 after losing the in the final two years previously, and Australia were runners-up last time. The only time Pakistan couldn't reach the final of the tournament was in the West Indies in 2010, when Mike Hussey smashed 60 off 24 balls, including 23 runs from the final over off Saeed Ajmal, to snatch the game from Pakistan's hands in the chase.

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  • I.F.Butt on September 5, 2012, 15:28 GMT

    Very good interesting comments by @Wess Uddiin and @Biggus, good points!

  • MunafAhmed811 on September 5, 2012, 14:42 GMT

    People have so high expectations from Imran Nzir....some of comments made me feel he VivRichards +Gayle+ Klusener rolled into one. Funny how he ihas been around for 10+ years and still not made much of impact on fans of other countries than his own....A second Afridi i guess....overhyped full of talunt but totally non performing on field

  • Zohair.ul.hasan on September 5, 2012, 13:55 GMT

    Pakistan will not be depending on Saeed Ajmal alone during the three-match Twenty20 series against Australia, their captain Mohammad Hafeez has said. The series starts in Dubai on Wednesday with Australia having won the ODI series 2-1.

    "Ajmal is a world-class bowler but we are not depending on him alone,"Hafeez told AFP. "I think other bowlers must support him from the other end."

    Allrounder Abdul Razzaq and batsmen Yasir Arafat and Imran Nazir will return to the side, as will fast bowlers Umar Gul and Mohammad Sami to lead the attack and help Ajmal.

    Ajmal troubled the Australian batsmen, taking ten of the 22 Australian wickets to fall in the series, but Australia exploited the other bowlers to win from tricky positions in the first and third matches.

    "It's disappointing not to win the one-day series but we have got a good Twenty20 side and I am confident that we can beat Australia," Hafeez said.

    Australia rode on the performances of captain Michael Clarke and Michael Hussey, and

  • Tmalik on September 5, 2012, 12:58 GMT

    I like Hafeez comments, he likes to comment exactly what he said before one day series, we are good team and we will win...they need understand to win matches team of 11 has to work hard and give 100% and i dont think Pak doing enough on the field they throw match after doing so well and this was the case in one day series loss. idea to play 4 spinners back fired against sri lanka or england and it did again, they do not need to invent new game just play by its basic rules play 3 seamers min and play spin al rounders and 2 spinners, thats balance team and then give 100% do not drop catches. openers should score and then middle order should support to lift the score. Pak need to learn the game from Aus how to win matches, agression is thrown out of window from this Pak side, thats what they were known for and won the games. Pak showed that if they win one session or few overs and they cool down and relax for a while until pressure is up, they try to come back but its too late often...

  • Khan81 on September 5, 2012, 11:54 GMT

    Imran Nazir should open alongwith Kamran Akmal and hafeez should bat at 3 ... If ths pair stand atleast 5,6 overs . It will be a huge Advantage 4 Pakistan.... And Sami should be Preffered on Gul bcz he will be a very handy Optin 4 Pakistan instead of Gul..... Anyhow Gud Luck Team Pakistan......!!!

  • khurramsch on September 5, 2012, 9:17 GMT

    Ok not depending on ajmal alone? but mean time not using him to his potential. you want him to take wickets but also want to use him at depth overs to just contain scoring? should havebeen used as attacker. he is geniune wicket taker. also he is not getting any support. going with 4 spinners not good option. pak need a good medium pace batting allrounder to balance side with 2 good seamers.

  • veerakannadiga on September 5, 2012, 7:08 GMT

    Ajmal or not, Aussies will win hands down.

  • on September 5, 2012, 5:47 GMT

    Its time to give Raza Hassan a chance....He can do wonders in DXB conditions along with Ajmal and Hafeez

  • on September 5, 2012, 5:43 GMT

    i would want kamran and imran nazir to open as pakistan badly need 170 to 200+ to beat austrailia

  • satish619chandar on September 5, 2012, 5:12 GMT

    No pace bowler for Pakistan? Rather surprising to see that. We always used to envy Pakistan for the pace battery they had everytime. Really surprising to see them play with single pace bowler whereas, Australia were playing with 4 actually. If no pace bowler is good, why not go back to Razzaq who will be tidy with new ball and can choke it in middle overs too. His batting will be a advantage.

  • I.F.Butt on September 5, 2012, 15:28 GMT

    Very good interesting comments by @Wess Uddiin and @Biggus, good points!

  • MunafAhmed811 on September 5, 2012, 14:42 GMT

    People have so high expectations from Imran Nzir....some of comments made me feel he VivRichards +Gayle+ Klusener rolled into one. Funny how he ihas been around for 10+ years and still not made much of impact on fans of other countries than his own....A second Afridi i guess....overhyped full of talunt but totally non performing on field

  • Zohair.ul.hasan on September 5, 2012, 13:55 GMT

    Pakistan will not be depending on Saeed Ajmal alone during the three-match Twenty20 series against Australia, their captain Mohammad Hafeez has said. The series starts in Dubai on Wednesday with Australia having won the ODI series 2-1.

    "Ajmal is a world-class bowler but we are not depending on him alone,"Hafeez told AFP. "I think other bowlers must support him from the other end."

    Allrounder Abdul Razzaq and batsmen Yasir Arafat and Imran Nazir will return to the side, as will fast bowlers Umar Gul and Mohammad Sami to lead the attack and help Ajmal.

    Ajmal troubled the Australian batsmen, taking ten of the 22 Australian wickets to fall in the series, but Australia exploited the other bowlers to win from tricky positions in the first and third matches.

    "It's disappointing not to win the one-day series but we have got a good Twenty20 side and I am confident that we can beat Australia," Hafeez said.

    Australia rode on the performances of captain Michael Clarke and Michael Hussey, and

  • Tmalik on September 5, 2012, 12:58 GMT

    I like Hafeez comments, he likes to comment exactly what he said before one day series, we are good team and we will win...they need understand to win matches team of 11 has to work hard and give 100% and i dont think Pak doing enough on the field they throw match after doing so well and this was the case in one day series loss. idea to play 4 spinners back fired against sri lanka or england and it did again, they do not need to invent new game just play by its basic rules play 3 seamers min and play spin al rounders and 2 spinners, thats balance team and then give 100% do not drop catches. openers should score and then middle order should support to lift the score. Pak need to learn the game from Aus how to win matches, agression is thrown out of window from this Pak side, thats what they were known for and won the games. Pak showed that if they win one session or few overs and they cool down and relax for a while until pressure is up, they try to come back but its too late often...

  • Khan81 on September 5, 2012, 11:54 GMT

    Imran Nazir should open alongwith Kamran Akmal and hafeez should bat at 3 ... If ths pair stand atleast 5,6 overs . It will be a huge Advantage 4 Pakistan.... And Sami should be Preffered on Gul bcz he will be a very handy Optin 4 Pakistan instead of Gul..... Anyhow Gud Luck Team Pakistan......!!!

  • khurramsch on September 5, 2012, 9:17 GMT

    Ok not depending on ajmal alone? but mean time not using him to his potential. you want him to take wickets but also want to use him at depth overs to just contain scoring? should havebeen used as attacker. he is geniune wicket taker. also he is not getting any support. going with 4 spinners not good option. pak need a good medium pace batting allrounder to balance side with 2 good seamers.

  • veerakannadiga on September 5, 2012, 7:08 GMT

    Ajmal or not, Aussies will win hands down.

  • on September 5, 2012, 5:47 GMT

    Its time to give Raza Hassan a chance....He can do wonders in DXB conditions along with Ajmal and Hafeez

  • on September 5, 2012, 5:43 GMT

    i would want kamran and imran nazir to open as pakistan badly need 170 to 200+ to beat austrailia

  • satish619chandar on September 5, 2012, 5:12 GMT

    No pace bowler for Pakistan? Rather surprising to see that. We always used to envy Pakistan for the pace battery they had everytime. Really surprising to see them play with single pace bowler whereas, Australia were playing with 4 actually. If no pace bowler is good, why not go back to Razzaq who will be tidy with new ball and can choke it in middle overs too. His batting will be a advantage.

  • landl47 on September 5, 2012, 3:57 GMT

    Hafeez may say they are not depending on Ajmal alone, but the statistics from the just-concluded ODI series say otherwse.

  • Desihungama on September 5, 2012, 3:25 GMT

    Pakistan lost because Misbah didn't attack. Momentum was theirs and should have persisted with Ajmal. Not to mention the review blunders and atrocious fielding all around. Something is up with Afridi besides getting old and getting injured too often now. I really like to see at least him, Misbah and Younis finish their careers on high note and PCB offers nobility which our players deserve.

  • Biggus on September 5, 2012, 1:59 GMT

    @Wess Uddiin-An interesting point that you raise, and since I'm an Aussie it's not really appropriate for me to comment on Pakistani cultural issues, but I think I can offer an insight on Aussie ones. Why our guys regularly seem to play above their 'on paper' strength is a little hard to define, but I would suggest this as a factor:-Win or lose, as long as our guys have given it a fair go we will support them. There will be no sacrificial lambs, no scapegoats, no need for someone to fall. All that matters is to define what went wrong and how to remedy that. I would suggest that gives our players a certain freedom to play without fear, safe in the knowledge that a meritorious effort in a losing cause will be to all intents and purposes be lauded as much as win. We are just as proud of them in those circumstances, and they know it.

  • HansonKoch on September 5, 2012, 0:18 GMT

    Time for Phillip Hughes to be called into this Australian team.

  • Meety on September 5, 2012, 0:09 GMT

    They may not be depending on Ajmal ALONE, but he will be very, very important in their success. I wonder if the last 4 or 5 overs against Ajmal will lead to more confidence amongst the Oz batsmen?

  • heathrf1974 on September 4, 2012, 23:11 GMT

    The main concern for Pakistan is no great pace pairing to support Ajmal. It may work well in Asia, however, they need to develop this if they hope to have success outside the continent. Australia needs to find a specialist spinner to play ODIs. I would select Lyon. He is our best test spinner and deserves a go. I am also confused why McKay has not been selected in the ODI team. He is our no.1 quick in this form of the game. Maybe he was injured, or they are saving him for the T20s and T20 World Cup.

  • on September 4, 2012, 22:51 GMT

    @rash: Australians get their match winners not from any extreme talent/skill but a belief. Their belief that they CAN AND WILL win at all costs trumps our conservative and backwards thinking of always playing safe. The cricket team reflects the state of our society which is afraid of change and afraid to try anything new always sticking to same old things that have been in use for past 100 or more years.

    We NEED fast bowlers. We also NEED hammad azam. He is the ONLY player besides Nasir Jamshed that shows he can play pacers with any degree of class. Rest of our players are all overrated guys who like to smash free runs off of part time spinners (that too hardly) then get called decent batsman. Give them even semi decent pace and their only runs are from edges to the boundary.

    Abdul Razzaq is also player who can do well against pace but he is old so his like for like replacement will be Hamad Azam.

    Azhar Ali has the patience to make runs and be a rock, he can also make singles.

  • baabay on September 4, 2012, 22:34 GMT

    watching aussies is a pleasure pakistan need to learn from hussey and maxwell the shots played by afridi u.akmal shows how irresoponsible they are on a slow pitch like that with a good start and they were 40 to 60 runs short bowwling again pathetic

  • I.F.Butt on September 4, 2012, 22:09 GMT

    Whyy are people blooody urgingg Kamran Akmall to open?!? Have you gone mad? Hellooo! Nasir Jamshed is absolutely well settt as an opener!! (Having scored 97, 48) He is perfect in both formats ODI nd T20. All we need is Imran Nazir on the other end for a left hand - right hand combination. THANK YOU!

    My Team; 1. Imran Nazir 2. Nasir Jamshed 3. Mohammad Hafeez 4. Umar Akmal 5. Shoaib Malik 6. Abdul Razzaq 7. Kamran Akmal 8. Shahid Afridi/Yasir Arafat 9. Umar Gul 10. Mohammad Sami 11. Saeed Ajmal

  • maddy20 on September 4, 2012, 21:54 GMT

    Pakistan have a really good chance in T20I but Aus will push them real hard. They should find the right bowler to target and this Aus team is pretty weak in the spin dept.

  • on September 4, 2012, 21:48 GMT

    Play Kamran Akmal as as opener with Imran Nazeer, Hafeez should play one down. Yasir Arafat, Razzaq and Gul as Bowlers and Saeed Ajmal as a Spinner. No Umer Akmal and Shoaib Malik. Asad Shafiq is a better replacement for him. Be realistic and follow the strategy. There should be a PLAN B which Pakiatan laks normally. A perfect playing 11 for pakistan.

  • bouncer1021 on September 4, 2012, 21:46 GMT

    After watching Tanvir struggling in the ODIs, I am looking forward to watchinh Junaid, Gul and Sami operating with Ajmal and Hafeez. Over reliance on sipin and Ajmal is not good for Pakistan.

  • on September 4, 2012, 21:28 GMT

    best of lucky TEAM PAKISTAN

  • Alexk400 on September 4, 2012, 21:25 GMT

    Why Muhammed sami he is same clone as Akthar in a sense wayward pace bowling..no control. They need one more young fast bowler. They need to dump muhammed sami

  • aaloo69uk on September 4, 2012, 20:58 GMT

    Actually Mr Hafeez, Ajmal is the ONLY world class bowler we have. The rest are simply dreadful. And the management have no faith in the pace bowlers nor know how to develop them or manage them appropriately. I fear for Pakistan, I really do. This is without doubt the worst Pakistan bowling attack in our history and the only hope we have is that in Summer 2015 BOTH Amir AND Asif are immediately picked to play and somehow find rhythm and form instantaneously. In the meantime, it will be continual episodes of grabbing defeat from teh jaws of victory with failed run chases as always, but now also the inability to defend even decent totals.

    A very distressed, depressed and despondant Pakistan cricket fan.

  • avmd on September 4, 2012, 20:50 GMT

    Razaq is not of international class anymore, don't know why he was selected. He cant bowl, cant bat now. Anwar Ali should have been in team in his place. This should be last chance for Imran Nazir aslo, another one who has wasted a thousand chances given to him.

  • Forgettable on September 4, 2012, 20:13 GMT

    Great to have Watson back. GL Aussies- From UAE

  • Nadeem1976 on September 4, 2012, 20:08 GMT

    Win or lose no care, i am happy that Misbah is not in the team. He is boring and coward. Australia is going to win this series because they are aussies but i am looking forward to good performance from Pakistan.

    Pakistan please act like cowards as you did in last ODI. Go for kill and win.

  • Zahidsaltin on September 4, 2012, 20:06 GMT

    Again if they don't open with Kamran Akmal, they will suffer. Hafeez is not able to accelerate.

  • Rash_inswinger on September 4, 2012, 19:59 GMT

    Glenn Maxwell is indeed a player to watch out for, he is one guy am sure pak camp was unaware of and he caught them by surprise by cashing in big time on the opportunities given to him by skipper Clarke.He looks like a perfect companion to mike hussey in the middle order and these two players can turn any match around...gosh where do the OZ's get these match winners from???

  • SylhetiBangladeshiCricketExpert4u on September 4, 2012, 19:58 GMT

    I Think Australia Is Really Need a Gud Spinning Allrounder....Maxwell's Batting and Fielding is GREAT... But What i saw Upto Now his Off Spin Bowling is Really Not of International Standard....Maxwell Have To Improve his Off Spin Bowling at least he should Try to Bowl Economically...and Doherty's Left Arm Spin was Fantastic when he First came into International Side But his Performance Against Afghanistan in Sharjah was not upto his Standard for which i think he got Dropped in the 3 match ODI series vs Pakistan.

  • on September 4, 2012, 19:34 GMT

    good luck PAKISTAN and hAFEEEEZ

  • on September 4, 2012, 19:33 GMT

    Finally....good to see RAZZAK back in the squad..he deserves more and should be part of ODI squad which i believe would have transformed outcome of the ODIs played...he can hit as BIG as afridi...a far more valueable batsman than UMAR AKMAL.. and a better bowler than tanvir...

  • MRPakistani69 on September 4, 2012, 19:32 GMT

    I think pakistaan really someone who can play the real fast bowling. they need a good keeper. they mis a good pace all rounder like Razzaq in the one day as wel.

  • MunafAhmed811 on September 4, 2012, 19:02 GMT

    So Hafeez agrees that Ajmal is only one good bowler iin his team.

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  • MunafAhmed811 on September 4, 2012, 19:02 GMT

    So Hafeez agrees that Ajmal is only one good bowler iin his team.

  • MRPakistani69 on September 4, 2012, 19:32 GMT

    I think pakistaan really someone who can play the real fast bowling. they need a good keeper. they mis a good pace all rounder like Razzaq in the one day as wel.

  • on September 4, 2012, 19:33 GMT

    Finally....good to see RAZZAK back in the squad..he deserves more and should be part of ODI squad which i believe would have transformed outcome of the ODIs played...he can hit as BIG as afridi...a far more valueable batsman than UMAR AKMAL.. and a better bowler than tanvir...

  • on September 4, 2012, 19:34 GMT

    good luck PAKISTAN and hAFEEEEZ

  • SylhetiBangladeshiCricketExpert4u on September 4, 2012, 19:58 GMT

    I Think Australia Is Really Need a Gud Spinning Allrounder....Maxwell's Batting and Fielding is GREAT... But What i saw Upto Now his Off Spin Bowling is Really Not of International Standard....Maxwell Have To Improve his Off Spin Bowling at least he should Try to Bowl Economically...and Doherty's Left Arm Spin was Fantastic when he First came into International Side But his Performance Against Afghanistan in Sharjah was not upto his Standard for which i think he got Dropped in the 3 match ODI series vs Pakistan.

  • Rash_inswinger on September 4, 2012, 19:59 GMT

    Glenn Maxwell is indeed a player to watch out for, he is one guy am sure pak camp was unaware of and he caught them by surprise by cashing in big time on the opportunities given to him by skipper Clarke.He looks like a perfect companion to mike hussey in the middle order and these two players can turn any match around...gosh where do the OZ's get these match winners from???

  • Zahidsaltin on September 4, 2012, 20:06 GMT

    Again if they don't open with Kamran Akmal, they will suffer. Hafeez is not able to accelerate.

  • Nadeem1976 on September 4, 2012, 20:08 GMT

    Win or lose no care, i am happy that Misbah is not in the team. He is boring and coward. Australia is going to win this series because they are aussies but i am looking forward to good performance from Pakistan.

    Pakistan please act like cowards as you did in last ODI. Go for kill and win.

  • Forgettable on September 4, 2012, 20:13 GMT

    Great to have Watson back. GL Aussies- From UAE

  • avmd on September 4, 2012, 20:50 GMT

    Razaq is not of international class anymore, don't know why he was selected. He cant bowl, cant bat now. Anwar Ali should have been in team in his place. This should be last chance for Imran Nazir aslo, another one who has wasted a thousand chances given to him.