Pakistan v England 2011-12 January 6, 2012

Ajmal to unveil special delivery against England

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Saeed Ajmal, the Pakistan offspinner, has confirmed he will unveil the "special delivery" he has been working on during Pakistan's upcoming Test series against England in the UAE. Ajmal had said in August, before Pakistan's tour of Zimbabwe, that he was saving the variation for the England series, and has now said he will try it but will revert to his existing variations if it does not work.

"I am working on a special delivery," he said at Pakistan's training camp in Lahore. "I won't tell you about it but you will know it when you see it. If it does not prove to be reliable then I will shift my focus back to the deliveries that have brought me success and I will keep that variation for the next series."

Ajmal was the leading wicket-taker in Test cricket in 2011, with 50 wickets from eight games at an average of 23.86, and was a key factor in Pakistan winning five of those Tests. He took 18 wickets during Pakistan's last series in the UAE, against Sri Lanka in October-November last year, and said he recognised he would have an important role to play against England.

"We are going fully prepared and are working on special plans for their batsmen. I am aware of the weight of responsibility on me and am ready for it. In Dubai, the ball does break on the second and third day so hopefully I can play an important role. In Abu Dhabi it's difficult because it's a batting track."

Much of Ajmal's success in 2011 accrued from the inability of batsmen to read his doosra. Often in games, Ajmal bowled almost as many balls that turned the other way as regular offbreaks, leading to some apprehensions about him going the way of Saqlain Mushtaq in losing the ability to bowl his stock delivery. He also bowls with a flatter trajectory than most offspinners, but said that was because he was not comfortable flighting the ball.

"If I bowl with flight I cannot bowl well. If I bowl at a quicker speed I can then use variations in pace. If I take 90% of my wickets with the doosra why should I not bowl it? Whether you bowl a doosra or an offbreak, the ball should be bowled on the right line and one should take a wicket with it."

Ajmal's style of bowling is in stark contrast to England's offspinner Graeme Swann's, which is based on beating the batsman in the air and repeatedly landing his stock delivery on the right length. Though Swann took just 27 wickets in the eight Tests he played in 2011, he remains the highest-ranked spinner in the ICC Test rankings, and Ajmal said there would be healthy competition between the two of them through the series. "Swann is a good bowler and has even been the No. 1 bowler in the world. He has his own variety, I have my own."

Pakistan lost just one Test in 2011, and have won their last three Test series, though two of those have been against Zimbabwe and Bangladesh. Ajmal, though, pointed out that his best performances of the year had come against stronger opposition.

"Whomever you play against, you have to work for your wickets. Sri Lanka are a top team and I was Man of the Series against them. West Indies [against whom Ajmal took 17 wickets in two Tests] are not a bad team either - we have never beaten them in an away series. Bangladesh was not that good a team but only nine of my wickets came against them."

Umar Farooq is ESPNcricinfo's Pakistan correspondent

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  • on January 9, 2012, 21:04 GMT

    now a days spinners dont last very long. Swan's magic also seems to be fading. Wonder how long Ajmal will last. Hope his special delivery is effective.

  • AbdullahShaikh on January 9, 2012, 11:05 GMT

    hope Ajmal's Teesra is as good as his Doosra.

  • on January 9, 2012, 9:15 GMT

    though England is a number 1 team, but Pak is totally unpredictable and currently they are in very good form. Ajmal is surely the man to watch this series...

  • on January 9, 2012, 8:47 GMT

    No doubt Ajmal is the best off spinner as of now. Abdur Rehman adds good variety. Hafees is excellent as an all rounder. may be the best spin attack in the world. i am not sure if England can cope with the best spin attack in the world.

  • 5wombats on January 9, 2012, 8:31 GMT

    @RandyOZ; wombat 4 says it was 6/66 not 6/76. Aus even worse than I thought, and they were bad enough. My bad.

  • 2929paul on January 8, 2012, 23:14 GMT

    @RandyOz You do give us all a laugh. Lyon isn't even the second best spinner in Australia at the moment, let alone the world. I'd even rank Clarke ahead of him right now. I would agree that Ajmal is the best spinner in world cricket at the moment, Swann having lost the magic he had 18 months ago. Ashwin will probably push Ajmal over the next 12-18 months, especially as he will only be bowling in India. I would like to see Imran Tahir do well, although his temperament looks a bit "iffy".

  • criclover112 on January 8, 2012, 22:00 GMT

    I love saeed ajmak but I have been hearing him say this for a while now and his mystery delivery is probably a delivery that is already known. The other thing could be is that he is trying to create doubt in the mind of the opposition by claiming that he has created a new delivery.

  • 5wombats on January 8, 2012, 21:56 GMT

    @RandyOZ - you are so new here that you don't even remember Swann at Adelaide 2010. Why don't you tell us a bit more about Adelaide? You know - the 2nd Test of the 2010/11 Ashes Series? Here are some memory joggers for you; Day 5 began with Aus on 4/238. The match ended 20 overs later after Australia collapsed losing 6 for 76 in those 20 overs. Swann took 3 for 24 in the 6 overs and 1 ball he bowled that morning. His 2nd Innings figures were 5/91. If Swann is "well down the list" then Aus batsmen must be so far "down the list" that they are off the page. To be honest we're not really sure why we're replying - your comments are so ludicrous that we don't know whether to laugh or cry. Please publish.

  • _yourstruly_ on January 8, 2012, 20:14 GMT

    What is the Cricket in 3D view of Englishmen and Australians? Ans: If their favorite batsmen can score off of him the bowler is fine but if he gets them out, like Murali or Saeed Ajmal, the bowler is chucking..

  • AsadCricFan on January 8, 2012, 15:00 GMT

    Gonna be a great contest between these two spinners, I'd say Ajmals' got his nose in front just because he adds that extra dimension of being a 'mystery' off-spinner, which can play in the mind of any batsmen. Swann is too one dimensional. No doubt both spinners are the best in the world but my prediction is on Ajmal being more affective than Swann.

  • on January 9, 2012, 21:04 GMT

    now a days spinners dont last very long. Swan's magic also seems to be fading. Wonder how long Ajmal will last. Hope his special delivery is effective.

  • AbdullahShaikh on January 9, 2012, 11:05 GMT

    hope Ajmal's Teesra is as good as his Doosra.

  • on January 9, 2012, 9:15 GMT

    though England is a number 1 team, but Pak is totally unpredictable and currently they are in very good form. Ajmal is surely the man to watch this series...

  • on January 9, 2012, 8:47 GMT

    No doubt Ajmal is the best off spinner as of now. Abdur Rehman adds good variety. Hafees is excellent as an all rounder. may be the best spin attack in the world. i am not sure if England can cope with the best spin attack in the world.

  • 5wombats on January 9, 2012, 8:31 GMT

    @RandyOZ; wombat 4 says it was 6/66 not 6/76. Aus even worse than I thought, and they were bad enough. My bad.

  • 2929paul on January 8, 2012, 23:14 GMT

    @RandyOz You do give us all a laugh. Lyon isn't even the second best spinner in Australia at the moment, let alone the world. I'd even rank Clarke ahead of him right now. I would agree that Ajmal is the best spinner in world cricket at the moment, Swann having lost the magic he had 18 months ago. Ashwin will probably push Ajmal over the next 12-18 months, especially as he will only be bowling in India. I would like to see Imran Tahir do well, although his temperament looks a bit "iffy".

  • criclover112 on January 8, 2012, 22:00 GMT

    I love saeed ajmak but I have been hearing him say this for a while now and his mystery delivery is probably a delivery that is already known. The other thing could be is that he is trying to create doubt in the mind of the opposition by claiming that he has created a new delivery.

  • 5wombats on January 8, 2012, 21:56 GMT

    @RandyOZ - you are so new here that you don't even remember Swann at Adelaide 2010. Why don't you tell us a bit more about Adelaide? You know - the 2nd Test of the 2010/11 Ashes Series? Here are some memory joggers for you; Day 5 began with Aus on 4/238. The match ended 20 overs later after Australia collapsed losing 6 for 76 in those 20 overs. Swann took 3 for 24 in the 6 overs and 1 ball he bowled that morning. His 2nd Innings figures were 5/91. If Swann is "well down the list" then Aus batsmen must be so far "down the list" that they are off the page. To be honest we're not really sure why we're replying - your comments are so ludicrous that we don't know whether to laugh or cry. Please publish.

  • _yourstruly_ on January 8, 2012, 20:14 GMT

    What is the Cricket in 3D view of Englishmen and Australians? Ans: If their favorite batsmen can score off of him the bowler is fine but if he gets them out, like Murali or Saeed Ajmal, the bowler is chucking..

  • AsadCricFan on January 8, 2012, 15:00 GMT

    Gonna be a great contest between these two spinners, I'd say Ajmals' got his nose in front just because he adds that extra dimension of being a 'mystery' off-spinner, which can play in the mind of any batsmen. Swann is too one dimensional. No doubt both spinners are the best in the world but my prediction is on Ajmal being more affective than Swann.

  • igorolman on January 8, 2012, 12:36 GMT

    Ajmal is the best spinner in the world right now, better than Swann at the moment (and I'm English). However, I have two questions about his action - one, that arm does look suspiciously bent - and two, I'd like the MCC to clarify if it's legal to have that weird little pause in a bowling action, where Ajmal lands on the back foot - wait, wait - and only then comes down with the front foot and lets go of the ball. I've noticed a few of the Pakistani and Bangladeshi spinners do this, and I can only imagine how disconcerting it is to a batsman - it throws your trigger movement all out of whack. A perusal of the Laws failed to illuminate me, and I've had no reply to my email - so come on, MCC, say yes or no! As to the series, I think it will be close, I certainly don't see Pakistan folding like India. I think it will be attritional, and I hope Bresnan is fit, because I think he does L&L better than Finn or Tremlett. If you put a gun to my head, I'd say 1-1.

  • RandyOZ on January 8, 2012, 10:56 GMT

    Ajmal is the best spinner in the world at the moment, Lyon a close second. Swann well down the list, was even shown up by a weak India.

  • chapathishot on January 8, 2012, 9:50 GMT

    Why wasting such a delivery on England ,His regular deliveries will be more than enough for the POMS

  • joseyesu on January 8, 2012, 9:03 GMT

    England have a great challenge ahead for the so called "No.1" as like India

  • pak78 on January 8, 2012, 6:16 GMT

    ajmal yar u rock u always give ur 100% best of luck team pakistan, cant wait for the series to start.

  • sabee66 on January 8, 2012, 5:48 GMT

    I really wana see the batsmen from both side how they will play SPIN, as both team has got the best spinner , which would be good enough for their practise

  • on January 8, 2012, 4:29 GMT

    i think Ajmal is the better spinner, From a Sri Lankan. we saw what he did to our batsman

  • wrenx on January 8, 2012, 3:34 GMT

    @hhillbumper are you forgetting the fool Ajmal made of Pietersen during the last test series?? Youtube it in case you fancy a refresher.

  • wrenx on January 8, 2012, 3:31 GMT

    @Zahidsaltin I agree completely about Kaneria, he's desperately needed in the team. My opinion is that it was Kamran Akmal that ruined his career; Akmal's inability/refusal to take catches while keeping meant that poor Kaneria was forced to alwayys bowl at the stumps. As a legspinner, that's just asking to be hit all over the ground. I bet that with Sarfaraz behind the stumps, Kaneria would rip through the England lower-middle order & tail.

  • Faran on January 8, 2012, 2:40 GMT

    @hhillbumper. i think he took 18 wickets against SL. are sangakara and jayawardene not proper batsman? these english batsman had surrendered to great murali many times and mind you he was also an offspinner. if you cannot praise anyone so please dnt give negative comments too. and specially to whom is the worldclass act

  • hhillbumper on January 7, 2012, 22:29 GMT

    must be hard bowling against Bangladesh and Zimbabwe.Lets see how you do when Pietersen is knocking you about.I agree you are a good bowler but lets see how you do on with some proper batsmen.BY the way I wouldn't say he chucks but there were doubts expressed by some umpires last year when he played in country cricket.

  • ahsanshaikh04 on January 7, 2012, 22:19 GMT

    the thing is that, if the ball is not turning, even then ajmal can take wickets by his variations. On the other hand, if the ball stops to turn swann becomes a useless bowler and goes for some runs.

  • Pacelover on January 7, 2012, 22:02 GMT

    When spinners start talking about 'special deliveries' i am a bit sceptical. This is likely just a mind game, to get Englands batsmen thinking about new deliveries when they should focus on the doosra and occasional off break. I remember Shaun Udal saying he had a mystery ball before the series with Pakistan in 2005-6 and nothing noticably came of it. The fact is a spinner can turn it from off to leg, from leg to off or have it go straight on. There are slight variations within those but only slight.

    A variation that Ajmal should use is to try is to come over the wicket to left handers when there is turn, like Murali did. This makes sure they have to play every ball, opening up slip catches from the off break and LBW/Bowled for Doosra more than around the wicket.

  • shillingsworth on January 7, 2012, 21:01 GMT

    I'd go with the judgement of Ritchie Benaud - there is no 'mystery ball', a spinner has three deliveries - one turns into the batsman, one turns away and the third goes straight on. I'd also endorse the comments querying Ajmal's action. Over the next few weeks, England batsmen may be asking the same question as former Essex player Doug Insole who, having been dismissed by Tony Lock's infamous quicker ball, enquired if it was bowled or run out.

  • cricket_fan_1980 on January 7, 2012, 20:49 GMT

    Some guy Ben Pullan 13 on this thread made the most uneducated, ill-informed, and frankly dim-witted comment I've heard anyone make about anything related to cricket in a really really really long time. Is that the best English fans can come up? HAHA

  • on January 7, 2012, 19:19 GMT

    good luck you boys can make this happen but be pl z clean series

  • on January 7, 2012, 19:08 GMT

    inshallah you rockxxx ALMAL......

  • ysfcapricorn on January 7, 2012, 19:07 GMT

    @prashkannam.... bro you better focus on your own team's performance who has really played WELL in England and now in Australia...... Pakistan was the team to beat Australia and Sri Lanka in World Cup.. and Pakistan won test against australia and england in england in 2010... while India is constantly loosing away matches..... and they were hardly able to beat west indies at their own soil... Can your team win a single game even abroad???? come on kid ,, grow up...

  • on January 7, 2012, 18:34 GMT

    There are so many spinners.but no doubt about his skills. He is a best spinner in the world now.

  • ExplicitPlatinum on January 7, 2012, 18:28 GMT

    First of all, when Wahab Riaz planned against every Indian batsmen before the match, he got a five-for. In the article, the fourth paragraph starts off with "We", the whole team is going to really rip apart the English line-up as a team rather than a single bowler doing all the work. Shahid Afridi made plans against Australia and beat them in the WC. Looks like England won't be able to win this series.

  • sk12 on January 7, 2012, 17:40 GMT

    Is that the backspin ball that stops and comes off dead slow after pitching?? I think pretty much everything else has been bowld before.

  • yorkshire-86 on January 7, 2012, 17:31 GMT

    Perhaps the 'new delivery' is going to be a cheeky beamer, sacrifice one run for the noball in order to get the batsman to hesitate about going forward before the ball has left the hand!

  • Bilalkiyani on January 7, 2012, 17:28 GMT

    some people never changed...if you cant play a ball..start carying and blaming others...and specially if it bowled by pakistani or sirilankan(Murli,,Shoaib,Maling, Shabir)...chuker or whatever...and other than english fans some other mean others, people have problems...i think mouthing will b right if DRS not use for personal benifits...then worldcup will b... You know what i mean...chill out

  • Bilalkiyani on January 7, 2012, 17:16 GMT

    @YorkshirePudding... Ya these delivaries were invented when even cricket was not played...lol...anyway if they were in cricket like all other things they were on screen...and the guy who said Pakistan played against weak sides.....i dont think so...some people are afraid...and some have other reasons to dislike cricketers...Appricate cricket and cricketrs beyond personal problems.mean headache and dhyria...lol

  • Zahidsaltin on January 7, 2012, 17:15 GMT

    LET ME REVEAL IT. I saw him in practice sessions in Qadafi Stadium a couple of days ago and saw him bowling a lot with some deliveries just staying very very low and skiding faster in to the lower half of the stumps but in between that, he bowled a lot of full tosses and wide balls too.He was holding the ball only by his fingers. Lets see if he really bowls his teesra in a match situation.

  • Zahidsaltin on January 7, 2012, 17:08 GMT

    Pakistan commited a big mistake by not selecting Danish Kaneria for this series. I would have loved to see three spinners, Ajmal, Rahman and Kaneria playing at the same time while Gul and Younis opening the bowling.

  • on January 7, 2012, 16:02 GMT

    I love watching Saeed Ajmal; he is a true sportsman and a very nice bowler.He will definitely succeed during Pak-Eng series. Good Luck Pak Team.

  • KarachiKid on January 7, 2012, 14:56 GMT

    @Abdullah Shaikh. Spot on. They could have easily avoided Farhat, Riaz for the whole series and Umar Akmal atleast for the test (He is any ODI batsmen). Finally Umar Gul is not really performing well in test arena, about time he realizes that if he keeps churning out hot/cold performances in tests, he would be replaced. Why is Tanvir Ahmed (not the loser Suhail Tanvir) and Kaneria not the team ? what is the reason ?

  • on January 7, 2012, 14:16 GMT

    @OhhhMattyMatty, ben.pullan13 and eddsnake i am very surprised that the england team have not reported ajmals action to the ICC? this must surely be something they would have already brought up as they have done this against other spinners into the past who have bowled spin. oh wait a minute it maybe that the ICC have already seen all the footage and has been tested by the them and cleared ... i dont think you can blame the bowlers when almost all the new rules help batsman and the bowling law states a tolerence of 15% degree in the arm which some bowlers are trying to push to the limit...this rule wasnt brought in for ajmal but he has used it within the parameters.... as for a new delivery purely mind games of which i have heard too much from both sets of players... boring... lets watch the cricket now

  • iBilal on January 7, 2012, 14:05 GMT

    Ramiz Raja on Twitter: Saeed Ajmal says he tried this delivery couple of times against BD and got picked for fours. The team has branded it as a 4 ball variety :D

  • on January 7, 2012, 14:00 GMT

    i am sure he will trouble english batsmans also spectators

  • on January 7, 2012, 14:00 GMT

    Warren Smith---English Guys have already done enough damage to Team PAK. The series has not even started and you have already started Blame Game by calling new effort of Saeed Ajmal a CHUCK. Have a heart. Wait till Team England is mesmerised

  • on January 7, 2012, 13:49 GMT

    Beb.pullan 13 and everyone out there believing Ajmal is a chuker_I`d have to say think again.ICC gave the verdict he has a legal bowling action!If u`d not believe the ICC, u should stop watching cricket.One of the best bowlers in the world,Good luck to him for the series and to Pakistan!

  • on January 7, 2012, 13:48 GMT

    Well said Warren Smith. Ajmal's doosra is clearly a chuck. Just look at the still photos when it has been bowled.

  • S.Alis on January 7, 2012, 13:41 GMT

    Good luck Ajaml. You can do that.

    @ben.pullan13: lol.. chucker and proven wrong..? dude what are you talking about? if he really was a chucker, then icc, bcci and your english boards will allow him to play against them and thrash them? you're a good joker, and i agree don't add Swan and Ajmal in same sentence. Ajmal is a classical bowler while Swan is okay but nothing special. all i can say he's lucky to get wickets.

    Just keep deceiving yourself by saying him chuker and see how he will thrash england batsmen in UAE.

  • on January 7, 2012, 13:37 GMT

    @ warren smith....dude that was so typically english of you mate =P

  • g.narsimha on January 7, 2012, 13:16 GMT

    WOW TALL CLAIMS with suspect action aleady reported once , how ever cleared umpirs have already expressed resevations on his erlier specoal delivery he is up again with another , eng is not bd ,YES DEE KEY thier contribution , and following it where their captain & players landed presently , agreed ,

  • Khan1983 on January 7, 2012, 13:14 GMT

    Well, well, well, I guess 1st day of the tour match may have rung alarm bells already - for guys like lendl47, ohmattymatty etc etc ! Guys let them have the fun with words and wishful thinking and self-conceit, my feeling is Pakistan is gonna dethrone the England team even before the tour end! Talk about the final frontier! Lolz

  • Happy_AusBang on January 7, 2012, 13:13 GMT

    @prashkannam, before the last three series Pakistan played Australia (1-1), England (1-2), South Africa (0-0), New Zealand (1-0) and West Indies (1-1). So they did play the bigger teams as well and did not do too bad. The only team they have not been able to play are India. Hopefully, they can do that soon if India agrees. I think England would be a good venue for the Pakistan home series against India.

  • HocasPocas on January 7, 2012, 13:12 GMT

    What will he name the delivery??? ChuckLine :P

  • on January 7, 2012, 13:10 GMT

    Speak less and do more Mr. Ajmal.

  • on January 7, 2012, 12:45 GMT

    Pakistan are a better team than india atleast, even though they had match fixers in their team, they beated australia convincingly in england in a test match, they can perform better than india having all the so called 'home tigers, legends' laxman, tendulkar dravid sehwag, looking at how pakistan has defeated srilanka, and how has srilanka performed in south africa, I am sure pakistan will beat the hell out of indian team and south africa, last time India beat pakistan was in world cup where the DRS gave a wrong decision about tendulkar, and also pakistan dropped catches, before that, Pakistan defeated india in ICC Champions trophy, where tendulkar got busted by Aamir's fantastic delivery. even with all this money and so much cricket, india still couldn't even draw a test with an inexperienced australian side that you will see in ages.

  • AlanHarrison on January 7, 2012, 12:33 GMT

    @ ben.pullan13, Warren Smith and others: some greater thought about the rules regarding "chucking" would be relevant here. Firstly the rule concerns the degree to which the arm is straightened in the course of the delivery. Secondly, according to research which the ICC accepted, few bowlers maintain an arm which isn't straightened at all during delivery (look at Brett Lee's action closely for an example). It is thus misleading to suggest that if the arm is not perfectly straight at the moment of delivery, the bowler is chucking; while Murali bowled with an arm that was bent at the moment of delivery, it was legal. While questions can be asked about Ajmal's (and other bowlers') actions, it helps no-one, least of all the England batsmen, to say "you pick the Dooshra by looking for the chuck". This is because "the chuck" is actually very hard to pick with the naked eye. Just ask Stuart Broad's dad, who, as match referee, reported Murali (not Lee) and got this wrong

  • on January 7, 2012, 12:30 GMT

    Good luck with your special delivery Ajmal. Food of thought: If the "special delivery" works call it "ajmal" instead of "special delivery" coz if its real special you want your name to known in creating history in cricket lols

  • MENDIS_Forever on January 7, 2012, 12:23 GMT

    Best wishes to Ajmal from Sri Lanka.This guy is a master.Pakistan always produces wonderful cricketers.

  • eddsnake on January 7, 2012, 12:18 GMT

    This is the kind of kidology Shane Warne regularly went in for, did anyone ever actually see him bowl the legendary 'zooter' he was working on seemingly for most of his career?! Ajmal has done well against a struggling Sri Lanka, a weak West Indies, a Zimbabwe side that had been out of test cricket for 6 years, and Bangladesh. He's no world beater. England will win the test series 2-0 or 1-0.

  • on January 7, 2012, 12:10 GMT

    Umar Gul and Waha Riaz were horrible in the WI series. Pak lost the first match because of these two guys. on a good bowling track they gave away too many runs. In the same series the WI fast bowlers showed how to bowl. unnecessarily the Pak batsmen were blamed. Also later in the India - WI series the fast bowlers got wickets on the same tracksm, but Gul and Riaz were PATHETIC. later Tanvir Ahmed did better, he also scored runs and enabled them to win.

  • gunnerr4life on January 7, 2012, 11:54 GMT

    @prashkannam better pray for your own team because they are on a verge of another 4-0 white wash against Australia !

  • on January 7, 2012, 11:42 GMT

    Regarding the new varation/delivery Ajmal should speak with more confidence and try to get under the skin of the opposition like the Australians and british press does. he should not say that " If it does not prove to be reliable then I will shift my focus back to the deliveries that have brought me success and I will keep that variation for the next series."

  • on January 7, 2012, 11:38 GMT

    The selection of W.Riaz, I.Farhat, and U.Akmal for the test series will spoil the taste of the series. Hope that A.Shafiq is not sacrificed in the Test XI to accommodate U.Akmal. Also like Ishant Sharma and Harbhajan Singh the Pak selectors are giving too long a rope for Umar Gul and Wahab Riaz. its high time that they realise that these guys are not fit for test cricket. they are ok in the 50 and 20 overs formats. The newer boys in J.Khan, Cheema and Mohammed Talha are better suited to test cricket.

  • K_I_N_G_B on January 7, 2012, 11:04 GMT

    @Nikhil Desai what are you expecting mate for ajmal to come see you personaly and show you hes new delivery lolz read the post carefully its says he will unveil it against england in 2012 not flipping expose it to the world in 2011 keep ya chaadis on mate and wait for the series

  • on January 7, 2012, 10:39 GMT

    today say saeed ajmal,abdulrehman,younas khan,wahab riaz,asad shafique having nets at qadafi stadium

  • prashkannam on January 7, 2012, 10:15 GMT

    PAKISTAAN HAS BEEN PLAYING AGAINST WEAK TEAMS OFF LATE THE LIKES OF ZIM ....BANGLADESH...SL...THEY NEED 2 PLAY MORE IN SOUTHAFRICA AND AUSTRALIA..TO SEE WHERE THEY STAND......!!HOPEFULLY THE ENG SERIES WILL JUDGE WHERE THEY TRULY STAND!!

  • on January 7, 2012, 10:12 GMT

    he is a great spinner of the day, he is copying saqlain mushtaq to defeat england!

  • WeeBee on January 7, 2012, 9:38 GMT

    New Delivery! ... Well! .. He did test one of the delivery in Bangladesh but somehow it did not get the appropriate flight. I hope it does make a difference on UAE picthes. Good thoughts by Ajmal, If it dooes not work then he would rely on previous deliveries. And i know he will not make himself open very soon , Saqlain Mustaq was a little unlucky in that sense that his deliveries was open very soon. Still he has the record of taking fastest 100 and 200 wickets in ODI. - - - - - Good Luck to Ajmal and Pakistan - - - - -

  • rahulcricket007 on January 7, 2012, 9:22 GMT

    @dee kay . well said , pak bowlers are really inventors . they invent the art of reverse swing , doosra , teesra & now ajaml is confident that he has invent something .

  • on January 7, 2012, 9:02 GMT

    Good Luck!!!!U rock dude!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • on January 7, 2012, 8:58 GMT

    Do any of these deliveries involve bowlig the ball with a straight arm? Just wondering.. Different rules for different teams it seems. For th english batsmen - you pick the Dooshra by looking for the chuck.

  • on January 7, 2012, 7:57 GMT

    @ Nikhil Desai, dude every delivery this guy bowls is a special delivery no wonder he is the leading wicket taker in 2011. Lets start to appreciate things.

  • on January 7, 2012, 7:47 GMT

    @ sinhaya! r u mad? pakistan can never whitewash england. even drawing the test series will be a victtory for them!.

  • ChrisMartin on January 7, 2012, 7:32 GMT

    Hey noplay, the "you know who" team hasn't performed well against the subcontinent teams outside of you know where!!!

  • 200ondebut on January 7, 2012, 7:14 GMT

    What will be so special? Is this a delivery he doesn't throw!

  • SuperPlayer2010 on January 7, 2012, 7:10 GMT

    If the new variation invents, then what will be its name ??? Chotha :D ??

  • sunnymachoo on January 7, 2012, 7:03 GMT

    @noplay you are right! =p but still I hope my team beats England in this series! We cannot relate other series to this! But I like your comment! =)

  • on January 7, 2012, 6:44 GMT

    It doesn't even matter if he introduces a special delivery his bowling is good enough to tear the England batting line up! Ajmal will play the vital roll in Pakistan's bowling line up.

  • on January 7, 2012, 6:41 GMT

    @NIkhil Desai: You will certainly see it once he bowls to India...Specially Tendulkar

  • on January 7, 2012, 6:41 GMT

    @me54321 - Except that is merely a bonus to come off, he'd destroy batsmen without it anyway.

  • on January 7, 2012, 6:40 GMT

    England will not able to score 250+ against this Pakistani attack specially against ajmal. Pakistan has to do only one thing that is not drop too many catches like nottingham, edgbaston test they drop so many catches

  • cjanap on January 7, 2012, 6:35 GMT

    all the best ajmal...greetings from sri lanka,.....

  • on January 7, 2012, 6:33 GMT

    gud luck saeed bhai......go nail em :)

  • Gizza on January 7, 2012, 6:31 GMT

    Because Pakistan don't play in T20 tournaments like the IPL and the ones who play in the Big Bash aren't in the Test team, they have more time to practise with their proper batting and bowling techniques not to mention have more time to focus on the things you should be like a Test Series against England. You can tell that they will take these matches seriously since they don't play a lot of cricket they will respect their opposition and work hard when they do play. And this is almost of home series for them. I expect a 2-0 victory in the Tests. Probably whitewash in the ODI's. Pak's bowling is especially strong but the interesting thing will be England's decent but not great bowling against Pak's batting which is still a little fragile against the top teams (most batting teams are nowadays so it is no biggie).

  • YorkshirePudding on January 7, 2012, 6:16 GMT

    Probably just mind games, even Mendis/Ashwins Carrom ball was developed in the 40's by an Australian called Jack Iverson, as for the comments about Pakistan bowlers being inventors, Reverse swing was around way before Pakistan 'Invented' it, it was just that other nations just thought it was a peculiarity with the old ball, and couldnt understand how it happened. The only delivery that I can think of that is 'new' in cricket is the Doosra, which is difficult (though not impossible) to bowl legally.

  • satanswish on January 7, 2012, 6:10 GMT

    Only special delivery he can bowl is by chucking.

  • on January 7, 2012, 6:03 GMT

    Good Luck ... U will be Man of the Series Again IN SHA ALLAH :)

  • smalishah84 on January 7, 2012, 6:01 GMT

    I hope Ajmal takes at least 30 wickets in the series :p.....wishful thinking but what the hell :)

  • vertical on January 7, 2012, 5:58 GMT

    now what a 20 degree bend

  • on January 7, 2012, 5:45 GMT

    You are doing too good Ajmal bhai there is nobody like you in the world of Cricket a true team player.. Always tries to do something for the team. Love you and we pray you will be man of the series in the england series as well. Its not a revenge. But, I want to see Pakistan as the best test side. We can as our bowling and batting is in great form right now.

  • johnathonjosephs on January 7, 2012, 5:39 GMT

    What a player, he will be the main man against the spin poor England on spinning tracks.

  • landl47 on January 7, 2012, 5:37 GMT

    Ajmal is 34 and for most of his career has been a fairly ordinary bowler. Now he's taken some wickets against poor sides and suddenly he's a world beater? The last time he played against a good side in the UAE, South Africa in 2010, he got 2-95 and 1-102 and was dropped for the second test. I've seen more 'mystery balls' than I can count and what they've all had in common is that batsmen have pretty soon worked them out and then they're not effective (where's Ajantha Mendis these days?). I expect Ajmal to have a steady series against England, but I'll be very surprised if he runs through an England side that has had no problems against spin in test cricket. Look back to England's last test, at The Oval against India in 2011. Mishra got 0-170 and hasn't been seen since. Swann got 9-208 in the match, including 6 wickets in the second innings to give England the win. If the conditions suit Ajmal, they'll suit Swann more.

  • on January 7, 2012, 5:20 GMT

    cRzzzzzzY TO WATCH THIS DELIVERY.

  • on January 7, 2012, 5:11 GMT

    it will be indeed a very good competition between ajmal and swann.

  • on January 7, 2012, 5:02 GMT

    Go Ajmal! Gud luck for the upcoming England series!. Ins Sha Allah hum jetengay!

  • ahtasham.rvj on January 7, 2012, 5:01 GMT

    good luck Saeed Ajmal and good luck Pak team....anxiously waiting for the new delivery from Ajmal (called teesra)...

  • shamlaatu on January 7, 2012, 4:34 GMT

    :::: sigh :::: Typical and traditional big mouthing BEFORE the game by a Pak crickter that usually ends up in having his tail in his legs. (Umar Gul's mouth before the WC semi final against India ; for example),,,, So now, how would Ajmal feel if he is thrashed all over the park like a toothless bowler for a couple tail end wickets after he bragged about this "special delivery'??? And on the ther hand, he won't be much more than a "I told u so" mama ji if his mystery delivery works. A lil wisdom and maturity seems like the biggest enemy of Pak cricketers.

  • rajat-column on January 7, 2012, 4:34 GMT

    Undoubtedly he is the best spinner in the world now. No comparisons even with Swann. English batsman will crumble against his spin. Indian fan.

  • Imran_Ahmed_Mani on January 7, 2012, 4:26 GMT

    Ajmal is really a great spinner. UAE pitches will suites him o lot.

  • on January 7, 2012, 4:21 GMT

    Ajmal is really a great bowler. UAE pitches will suit him a lot.

  • on January 7, 2012, 4:12 GMT

    lets just hope that you arent the next saqlian

  • ns_krishnan on January 7, 2012, 3:52 GMT

    I think it is pure mind games. After all, the ball turn just one way or the other ( which evreyone knows he already has ) and come faster or slower ( which everyone has ). I would like to see the English against a decent spin attack though.

  • on January 7, 2012, 3:52 GMT

    Saeed ajmal should concentrate on his bowling instead of giving challenges to graeme swann, swann he is an experienced bowler, all pakistanis they used to make challenges but at the time of playing they failed. in the past we have seen many players like this. first of all pakistan has no pace attack, they depend on silly bowler umar gul who is nothing.

  • Mervo on January 7, 2012, 3:12 GMT

    Pakistan are the weakest team in international cricket right now. They should not expect too much.

  • donda on January 7, 2012, 2:39 GMT

    First = off break Second = Doosra Third = Teesra So now it's time to see Teesra delivery from Ajmal , lets hope it's really special and match winning delivery. Hope to see him lots of wickets in UAE.

  • on January 7, 2012, 2:26 GMT

    Ajmal said this on previous tours as well how many deliveres he has discovered yet!

  • on January 7, 2012, 2:01 GMT

    unveil special delivery gotta be the bowl that he doesn't chuck!

  • on January 7, 2012, 1:29 GMT

    The point is that poor Ajmal won't have many runs on the score board to bowl at. Pakistan batting is extremely flawed. Basic technique is lacking and the current batting lineup has terrible shot selection. The most we can expect from this series is to avoid a whitewash similar to one that was delivered to India last year by a very able and capable England. Pakistan will be lucky to draw the series ; most likely result will be a 2-0 defeat. Furthermore Pakistan needs to focus on blooding a younger generation of players. Wahab Riaz needs to be sent home; he is known gambler in the cricketing circles. Umar Akmal like his brother Kamran has serious credibility issues. I never know which Pakistan is going to show up. A sold out one or the incompetent one!

  • on January 7, 2012, 1:08 GMT

    Nothing Special...It may Copy of Malinga's Slinging Action....Wishes for Him..But you never going to be a Malinga!!! Inventories,Records always Belong to Srilankans!!!!

  • on January 7, 2012, 1:04 GMT

    the special delivery seems to be a full toss I believe

  • on January 7, 2012, 0:56 GMT

    It is a shame that he came so late. He could have been introduced like 10 years ago but PCB just doesn't care about the talent that's out there. Same goes for Misbah. The guy had to wait so long because apparently, Inzi saw him as a threat. You are not a great batsmen or a bowler unless you appreciate other people's talents and give them a fair chance. I remember Rameez Raja once said that he decided to quit Cricket when he saw this new batsman hitting these beautiful shots on the same track that Mr. Raja was finding hard to deal with. The name of that young lad back then was Saeed Anwar. See, those are the traits of a great man, sportsman and a gentleman. I hope Misbah doesn't repeat the mistakes of his former captains.

  • wrenx on January 7, 2012, 0:40 GMT

    Not too thrilled to hear this. Not because innovation in bowling is a bad thing - I think it's excellent. Nor is the fear of failure, or going the Saqlain route. But I think it does disservice to the opposition, he should have "unveiled", or surreptitiously tried it out in match conditions against weaker oppositions. The Bangladesh tour would have been a perfect time to try it out.

  • eddsnake on January 7, 2012, 0:23 GMT

    Hopefully this variation is one where he actually 'bowls' without bending his arm?!

  • NanoTechnology on January 7, 2012, 0:12 GMT

    Sounds a little like Shane Warne before each Ashes series doesn't it? Good theatre, but is there much truth? England will certainly be hoping that talk is the only way Ajmal emulates Warne! Swann vs Ajmal, two offspinners being a key battle is certainly exciting.

  • on January 7, 2012, 0:06 GMT

    too much hype about new delivery like 100th ton, lets see

  • on January 6, 2012, 23:26 GMT

    Ajmal is averaging the exact number of wickets per match as Shane warne. 83 wickets in 17 matches =4.88 wickets/match. Shane Warne 708 wickets in 145 matches =4.88 wickets/match. Guess Pakistan have the off spinning version of Shane Warne, although at a higher average and strike rate.

  • My-oh-my on January 6, 2012, 23:17 GMT

    What do you call this new delivery. Is it the doosra doosra? Hoping for a good series and a Pakistani victory. Go Pak!

  • OhhhMattyMatty on January 6, 2012, 23:17 GMT

    Is it an offspinner which doesn't come from a bent arm? LOL!

  • on January 6, 2012, 23:02 GMT

    First of all let me acknowledge that Ajmal has established himself as a very smart willy and effective bowler with good variations. Further i hope that this new variation/delivery is a good one, he had made this statement about 2-3 months ago even before the Sri Lanka series. since then every one is waiting for his new variation. He has also chosen the perfect platform to launch this new delivery. hope he succeeds. Best of Luck Saeed.

  • on January 6, 2012, 22:39 GMT

    i love this bowler, creates new deleviries and all. just hope he suceeds.

  • leon7766 on January 6, 2012, 22:21 GMT

    Is the surprise the fact he doesnt chuck it

  • Tigg on January 6, 2012, 21:59 GMT

    Ajmals new secrat delivery? I've heard about that, I think it's mean't to not bounce much and not turn a lot either. It's the one where he doesn't throw it.

  • on January 6, 2012, 21:37 GMT

    He can keep his mouth quiet and concentrate on bowling.

  • chief.boss on January 6, 2012, 21:17 GMT

    ajmal is best.......................

  • mumbaiguy79 on January 6, 2012, 21:15 GMT

    The remaining SPECIAL delivery (other than doosra) for an off-spinner is going to be the one bowled from in between the legs by Ajmal.

  • Abu.Ashhad on January 6, 2012, 20:46 GMT

    <<< cheetah >>>

  • on January 6, 2012, 19:58 GMT

    The wicket in Dubai favours Ajmal. He is a 'thinking' bowler. Even if his 'special delivery' doesn't work here, he still has his magic 'doosra' that wulod be quite difficult for English players to read. All the best to Ajmal and Pakistan.

  • chief.boss on January 6, 2012, 19:56 GMT

    PAK WIN INSHA ALLAH. bolwers are good if batsman done job we are on top

  • on January 6, 2012, 19:43 GMT

    I m desperately waiting fo that special new variety from ajmal he is a great bowler an d i loke his bowling alot best off spinner in the world right now.

  • ben.pullan13 on January 6, 2012, 19:43 GMT

    You should not put Swann and Ajmal in the same sentence. Ajmal, quite frankly, is a chucker. The doosra should be banned from the game - it is proven that you cannot bowl it with a straight arm - which is the definition of "bowling" isn't it??? Swann, on the other hand, is a beautiful bowler, who has taken wickets with proper off-spin; flight, guile, turn, and a delivery which goes the other way but is not a chuck - the arm ball.

    I would dearly like to be proven wrong, but I am assuming that this "new delivery" of Ajmal's is either a false attempt to worry the England batsman (like Warne), or another horrendous throw. Never mind, England's batting is so good that I doubt whether Ajmal, even with his thrown variations, will trouble us at all.

    And without Ajmal, Pakistan's attack is pop-gun; Rehman is mediocre; their seamers are inneffective; and Hafeez has taken his wickets against minnows. So bring on the thrashing!!!

  • chief.boss on January 6, 2012, 19:32 GMT

    ajmal is the best . pak win the series INSHA ALLAH.

  • coolitbaby on January 6, 2012, 19:25 GMT

    Ajmal's bowling action has been under scrutiny. Especially his wrong one, seems like he chucks that one. He needs to be careful otherwise he will be banned.

  • on January 6, 2012, 19:05 GMT

    Oh these special and secret deliveries! When will these players realise that "special" and "secret" deliveries are not "special and secret" if you talk about it and warn your opponents. This is what Saqlain Mushtaq did a few years ago and I remember he got smacked in that series against England as well. Note to Ajmal: Please keep your secrets to yourself and do not warn your opponents.

  • on January 6, 2012, 18:52 GMT

    We will call it 'teesra' :)

  • on January 6, 2012, 18:36 GMT

    SAEED AJMAL..... KING OF <the next delivery>

  • likeintcricket on January 6, 2012, 18:19 GMT

    He is good with his Doosra so he has to concentrate on that skill only. England is #1 test side and they will try to get the advantage first. Better stick to their task as they are going to play some tough cricket this year or otherwise they will get roasted like the Indians and Sri Lankans.

  • on January 6, 2012, 18:16 GMT

    m w8ing for Ajmal's "Teesra <3"....

  • GreenTeam-Elite on January 6, 2012, 18:15 GMT

    Best of Luck Ajmal for your New Delivery!!! I think in Near Future you will be No.1 in all three formats!!! Hope Pakistan will keep Producing New Inventions in Bowling Department!!! Best Wishes Green Team for UAE Tour!!!

  • phantomflanflinger on January 6, 2012, 18:13 GMT

    So Ajmal has a new delivery. What will be interesting to see is if he can deliver it with a straight bowling arm. I have a few clips in DVD format of Ajmal's bowling action, and going through them one frame at a time it becomes clear that his basic action has a kink in it at the stage of ball release. I've never been happy about these spinners who stop in the middle of their actions, and Ajmal's action in particular has never looked right to me. Sorry, but I think that, instead of trying to find "new" deliveries, Ajmal should be concentrating on delivering every ball with a straight arm.

  • on January 6, 2012, 18:00 GMT

    great thunder paki rocker.they will beat every team in any situations but need thats like performens

  • meastrostroke on January 6, 2012, 17:56 GMT

    my wild guess is that ajmal will be a flop.

  • on January 6, 2012, 17:48 GMT

    So then Mr Ajmal, you have a new delivery, excellent, another delivery that will be smashed out of the park!....Your mind games are so cliched, and trust me, the English batsmen have plans for you!......Talking of which, no doubt the English bowlers will have a simple plan for the Pakistan batsmen, simply pitch the ball on or just outside off stump and watch the Pakistan batsmen commit suicide..England 3 Pakistan 0...piece of cake!!

  • on January 6, 2012, 17:46 GMT

    waiting anxiously for the series !!! good luck ajmal and team pakistan... it will b a close series and we will surely have some quality cricket to watch ahead !!!

  • 19shd75 on January 6, 2012, 17:39 GMT

    Well Danish kaneria once claim same kind of magic delivery before Australian test series and he hammered very badly. No doubt Ajmal is my favourite but please remember action always speaks louder than words so just prove in play ground, and don't take Extra pressure by such statements.... May be its tactics against opposition to disturb but it can happen in wrong way..... I wish we clean sweep english men and that can b possible with sincere team efforts , thums up to misbh & 11

  • Cut-Shot on January 6, 2012, 17:37 GMT

    salute to saeed ajmal.such a nice,humble n champion man.GOOD LUCK SAEED WE WANT TO SEE U FIRING!@!@!@!

  • on January 6, 2012, 17:36 GMT

    lol ..special dev. lol .....pakistan fans always gets there hopes up ..ohh pakistan gonna win dis series lol ...well i hope england put duck tape in the pakistan mouth ..lol ..but i hope for good contest

  • on January 6, 2012, 17:36 GMT

    lol ..special dev. lol .....pakistan fans always gets there hopes up ..ohh pakistan gonna win dis series lol ...well i hope england put duck tape in the pakistan mouth ..lol ..but i hope for good contest

  • Rakim on January 6, 2012, 17:31 GMT

    Whole 11 in Eng (test) side can bat. Despite conditions it will be a very tough series for Pak bowlers. + Swan is a class bowler too... so watch-out Pakistani batsmen

  • on January 6, 2012, 17:25 GMT

    What is the plan ajmal bhai ? are you going to Spin the bowl twice :)

  • keptalittlelow on January 6, 2012, 16:52 GMT

    I am a Pakistan fan, Please dont talk tall, show performance, we have heard all this before. This English side is not an ordinary one, just talking wont do I am afraid. Kaneria used to talk in a similar fashion 'special delivery' with minimum results. How much have you heard from English players? first its Cheema and now Ajmal!! The highest-ranked spinner in the ICC Test rankings has said nothing yet, learn from him.

  • on January 6, 2012, 16:48 GMT

    How many more special deliveries does he need? He already bowls about 5 different variations. Maybe it is time he can bowl from both ends at the same time but is restricted to only use 3 of his variations from each end.

  • Arpra on January 6, 2012, 16:46 GMT

    Hope the 'special delivery' does not need buttoned down sleeves...

  • KashifMuneer on January 6, 2012, 16:36 GMT

    I have always believed that Ajmal is a better spinner than Swann and hopefully InshaAllah this series will show that. I expect Swann to bowl more overs than Ajmal but Ajmal will have a higher strike rate (balls bowled to get each wicket). Obviously he needs to pitch the ball in the same spot to keep the batsmen guessing which way it will spin. Don't make it too obvious by changing the area where the ball pitches. This is a chance for Ajmal to show the world that he is indeed the best off-spinner in the world. Good luck with that mate!

  • Z.Saleem on January 6, 2012, 16:35 GMT

    look forward to see the TEESRA (the third one).....hopefully that will be the name :-)

  • AlanHarrison on January 6, 2012, 16:24 GMT

    Should be interesting. What with a new delivery and targetting particular batters, Ajmal sounds like a cross between Shane Warne and Glenn McGrath all at once!

  • on January 6, 2012, 16:16 GMT

    Go Saeed, I wish you and Pakistan success for the forthcoming tour!

  • on January 6, 2012, 16:15 GMT

    Waiting for " special delivery "

  • on January 6, 2012, 16:15 GMT

    Looking forward to see this 'special' delivery. This guy plays with spirit and uses his brain. I expect a cracking series!

  • TaylorSwift on January 6, 2012, 16:12 GMT

    The battle between Swann and Ajmal will be intriguing. I hope the special delivery works out for him and if not, he can always fall back on the doosra, which will constantly test the English batsmen. Ajmal is the leader of the bowling attack, but the pacers and Rehman will also play a critical role. As Ramiz said in the other article, "During my era, Imran Khan, prior to every match, told us to assume we are in a war and never think about how powerful or depleted the opponent is; what is important is to go onto the field thinking only of victory." As long as we stick to this mantra, success will follow.

  • Romenevans on January 6, 2012, 16:07 GMT

    Teesra? LOL! I heard Bhajji also working on "Chowtha" delivery, which turns back to the bowler after pitching, so the batsman end up playing nothing and ball goes back to the bowler automatically. LOL!

  • on January 6, 2012, 16:05 GMT

    So called abu dhabi batting track must be made supportive track. Pak should decide to ask for turning tracks...

  • on January 6, 2012, 16:03 GMT

    Looking forward to it Ajmal. You can make the real difference. All the best team PAK as we look forward to a fighting series.

  • on January 6, 2012, 15:54 GMT

    Get ready for the TEESRA delivery ;)

  • umairasgharbutt on January 6, 2012, 15:50 GMT

    All the very best the king of doosra !!!!!

  • on January 6, 2012, 15:49 GMT

    I hope his special delivery performs better than Saqlain's Teesra.

  • on January 6, 2012, 15:45 GMT

    Intelligent words from an intelligent bowler. Good Luck!!!

  • on January 6, 2012, 15:44 GMT

    Who needs a cricket analyst when Mr Ajmal is out there to spill it out him self :P - One has to admire the simple nature of this man . One also has to admire the sheer talent and wicket taking venom he posses!

  • Saghyr on January 6, 2012, 15:32 GMT

    go Ajmal go ! Go for a kill - we believe on you :) good luck !

  • on January 6, 2012, 15:32 GMT

    Doosra and Teesra were invented by Saqlain Mushtaq. :)

  • on January 6, 2012, 15:25 GMT

    leading wicket taker not even in top ten icc test bowling rating

  • on January 6, 2012, 15:24 GMT

    Best of luck with your new delivery , hope you have many wickets with your new invention :)

  • on January 6, 2012, 15:22 GMT

    Best of Luck Ajmal, we love you.

  • Hamzaad on January 6, 2012, 14:53 GMT

    Ajaml is one of the very successful bowlers around. it was great to watch him during semi final pf World Cup when he repeatedly annoyed Sachin and beat him on a number of occasions at that time.

  • on January 6, 2012, 14:39 GMT

    This guy is always saying he has a special delivery but yet i have seen anything.

  • PakiPassion on January 6, 2012, 14:34 GMT

    Ajmal will b man of the series with 20+ wickets

  • Sinhaya on January 6, 2012, 14:25 GMT

    No matter what delivery, Pakistan will expose how weak is England by thrashing them 3-0 in the tests and 4-0 in ODIs! England will be clueless against spin.

  • noplay on January 6, 2012, 14:15 GMT

    Sub continent teams don't seem to be doing so well against you know who. I hope Pakistan give a better account of themselves again England.

  • StoneRose on January 6, 2012, 14:15 GMT

    Ajmal will be key to Pakistani success in the England series. He'll need to come good as England will be far stronger than anything Pak have faced under Misbah's captaincy so far. My prediction is 1-0 to England.

  • on January 6, 2012, 14:12 GMT

    he is a great bowler and also danish should b the part of team against English

  • Sakthiivel on January 6, 2012, 14:11 GMT

    God!! He is the one of the best spinners as of now!! New variation., God save England!! Best of luck Pakistan....

  • mustufa on January 6, 2012, 14:07 GMT

    Lets just keep this kinda stuff to yourself, and focus on cricket

  • on January 6, 2012, 14:03 GMT

    i think that they should ban comments from players from both sides regarding this series they dont need to build it up anymore than it already has... do the talking on the pitch guys and i dont mean sledging btw...

  • on January 6, 2012, 14:01 GMT

    Good Luck to the World's Number.1 Bowler, Hope u gone be man of the series again and win this series for us and the highest wicket taker in 2012 as well..

  • on January 6, 2012, 13:56 GMT

    Pakistan has a balance bowling squad. I am Patiently waiting for that Special Delivery in the upcoming series. Ajmal has a decent record in UAE pitches.. Pakistan will definitely win if they did not do any silly attempts in Batting and Fielding.

  • me54321 on January 6, 2012, 13:42 GMT

    I reckon he's putting quite a bit of pressure on himself, talking about saving this new delivery for England. There probably is no new delivery, and most likely he'll end up looking a bit silly as England's batsmen bleed him for runs.

  • on January 6, 2012, 13:39 GMT

    Pakistani Bowlers are "INVENTORS", They contributed in Cricket more than any one else.

  • on January 6, 2012, 13:18 GMT

    Good Luck Saeed!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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  • on January 6, 2012, 13:18 GMT

    Good Luck Saeed!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • on January 6, 2012, 13:39 GMT

    Pakistani Bowlers are "INVENTORS", They contributed in Cricket more than any one else.

  • me54321 on January 6, 2012, 13:42 GMT

    I reckon he's putting quite a bit of pressure on himself, talking about saving this new delivery for England. There probably is no new delivery, and most likely he'll end up looking a bit silly as England's batsmen bleed him for runs.

  • on January 6, 2012, 13:56 GMT

    Pakistan has a balance bowling squad. I am Patiently waiting for that Special Delivery in the upcoming series. Ajmal has a decent record in UAE pitches.. Pakistan will definitely win if they did not do any silly attempts in Batting and Fielding.

  • on January 6, 2012, 14:01 GMT

    Good Luck to the World's Number.1 Bowler, Hope u gone be man of the series again and win this series for us and the highest wicket taker in 2012 as well..

  • on January 6, 2012, 14:03 GMT

    i think that they should ban comments from players from both sides regarding this series they dont need to build it up anymore than it already has... do the talking on the pitch guys and i dont mean sledging btw...

  • mustufa on January 6, 2012, 14:07 GMT

    Lets just keep this kinda stuff to yourself, and focus on cricket

  • Sakthiivel on January 6, 2012, 14:11 GMT

    God!! He is the one of the best spinners as of now!! New variation., God save England!! Best of luck Pakistan....

  • on January 6, 2012, 14:12 GMT

    he is a great bowler and also danish should b the part of team against English

  • StoneRose on January 6, 2012, 14:15 GMT

    Ajmal will be key to Pakistani success in the England series. He'll need to come good as England will be far stronger than anything Pak have faced under Misbah's captaincy so far. My prediction is 1-0 to England.