Pakistan news May 19, 2012

Ajmal not keen on developing new variations


Saeed Ajmal is known for his straight talk and has a tendency to make big, carefree declarations at press conferences. On Saturday though, which was the last day of Pakistan's preparatory camp in Lahore, he was rather cautious while fielding the media's questions. On the tour of Sri Lanka, he said, he will look to keep things 'simple'.

Does he have another new delivery to unveil, following the 'teesra' that he dished out against England in the UAE earlier this year? "There is no need to introduce any new delivery, let us keep things simple," Ajmal said. "Mastering any new delivery takes time and a lot of work is involved in it. With more varieties, more complications are created [for the bowler]. So I would like to just take control of my conventional spin, which is giving me results."

For now, Ajmal said, he is focussing on just bowling at his best and displacing South Africa's Dale Steyn as the world's No. 1 Test bowler. "Presently my focus is to win the series [in Sri Lanka] for Pakistan. The goal is to archive the No. 1 spot [on the rankings], for that I am putting in a lot of hard work."

Ajmal did not have much of an impact the previous time Pakistan played in Sri Lanka, as the visitors went on to lose both the Tests and ODIs. This time, Ajmal is looking to compensate for that below-par showing. "Things are going in my way [recently], I will try to extend my recent form. I am ready to take on the Sri Lanka challenge once again."

"My body is fully fit and ready to cope the heat [in Sri Lanka], and I know onus will be on the spinners. We[spinners] have to bowl more overs than the fast bowlers because of the heat. But I think we have fast bowlers who can provide a breakthrough even in shorter spells, and they will be equally important. [Abdur] Rehman I make a good pair, and we are ready to bowl longer spells."

While wary of the likes of Thilan Samaraweera and Kumar Sangakkara, Ajmal said Pakistan is quite confident. "We have been practicing assuming that we will be playing on batting [batsmen-friendly] pitches there. We have been doing well for quite a long time now, so I don't think plans will be difficult for us to execute. They have got some good batsman like Sanga and Samaraweera, who had scored runs against us the last time in the UAE, but we still produced good results against them."

Umar Farooq is ESPNcricinfo's Pakistan correspondent

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  • west on May 22, 2012, 22:42 GMT

    Well, you got to have a new one to develop one..... :) He is mostly talk!

  • Dummy4 on May 22, 2012, 17:29 GMT

    GoOd thInkinG ajMaL bhaI rockXz

  • Anupam on May 22, 2012, 15:44 GMT

    yes no doubt ajmal is the best spinner not only in the test but as well as in ODI. but pak team and NZ team looks like same. injured players, every time team is changed. i donno why? and for SL but it is sorry to say SL decline soo much. at one time SL is as tough as Oz. but good to see pak is developing. some fools says that world's worst spinner LYON is better than ajmal & swann. in todays cricket very few spinners are left in the world after murli, warne, kumble, macgill, saqlain, harbhajan(earlier), giles. keep it up spinners.

  • Masood on May 22, 2012, 7:43 GMT

    Saeed Ajmal is one wonderful spinner in Pakistan test side. he can turn matches on his own... But apart from him, pakistan have ordinary bowling lineup since Amir and Asif are banned. its less likely that pakistan will give hard time to Lankan lions.

    I wish Saeed Ajmal all the best to be No1.

    A big Fan of Ajju and Pakistan team..

    I am hoping a wonderful series ahead. :-)

  • Dummy4 on May 22, 2012, 4:13 GMT

    Go get them Saeed Ajmal! Looking forward to a great series!

  • SABIR on May 21, 2012, 16:18 GMT

    the strike rate of Pak current squad are.Imran farhat(str rate 69),Taufeeq(68), Hafeez Captain(str rate 68,avr 27,matches 100) very poor,Azhar ali(67),Shafeeq(70),Mishbah(70),no aggression at all,the side should be,Imran Nazir,Shehzad,hafeez,Umar,afridi,hammad etc.if you look the indian side we have sehwag,sachin,gautam,kohli,rohit,yousuf,i

  • SABIR on May 21, 2012, 16:11 GMT

    @wickyroy.paklover bro i m as big as fan of pak like you and following pak cricket till i was kid i love the pak aggression which is now missing in the current side if you guys remember the side combination in the 1999 world cup pak had saeed anwar,afridi,ijaz,inzi,moin,razzak,mahmood,wasim akram,saqlan,shoaib,and waqar,but the pak have players like Farhat,toufeeq,Hafeez(avg 26.),azhar ali,shafiq,Younis,Mishab

  • Amjad on May 20, 2012, 20:53 GMT

    Yeah Empty-sequence, major league this and that, you will keep on moaning about the ultimate scoreline of 67-48 ODI, 9-12 tests. :D

  • Dummy4 on May 20, 2012, 19:47 GMT

    haha i like the cockiness of these indians. the fact that they were always a minnow in world cricket from the 40s till the 90s and only had a decent last decade(which included those whippings by england and australia) is lost on them. our head to head record is 69-49.......shut it

  • Wicky on May 20, 2012, 19:08 GMT

    @SamRoy,i m sory dear whatevr narine z,he z westindian nt indian so no use of drama n nonesense to defy greatnes of ajmal,cmparing ajmal with narine z like cmparng a talentd schol boy with a post doctrate studnt,i hope U R sensible enuf to undrstand(but i doubt it)LOLZ

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