Australia v West Indies, World T20, Group 2, Mirpur

Badree praises Saqlain's influence

Abhishek Purohit

March 27, 2014

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Nikita Miller bowls as he is watched by Saqlain Mushtaq, February 25, 2014
Saqlain Mushtaq has worked with West Indies' spinners since last year © WICB Media
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Samuel Badree, the West Indies legspinner, has called Saqlain Mushtaq a "calming influence" on the side. The former Pakistan offspinner is here in Bangladesh for the World T20 as part of the West Indies coaching group.

Badree said that more than his technical inputs, it was Saqlain's ability to remain calm and offer his advice on how to read a batsman's mind that were helping the West Indies bowlers.

"To be honest Saqi has been a wonderfully calming influence on the team," Badree said ahead of West Indies' match against Australia. "He is one who does not get worked up or anxious over any situation. He does not panic at all and I think his calming influence more so than any technical skills that he may impart has been doing wonders not only for myself but all the bowlers as well.

"He is someone who sits and analyses the game. He can work out a situation very well. As I said there's not too much technical stuff but it is the calming presence and his advice at various stages and how to work out batsmen, the signs that batsmen give to you so that you know what they are thinking. Those are important things, especially in this format where batsmen are aggressive towards you."

Saqlain was brought in to help West Indies' spinners after a clinic at the WICB High Performance Centre last year and has also worked with Bangladesh recently. Ahead of last month's limited-overs series against England, West Indies left-arm spinner Nikita Miller had also said that Saqlain's tips would help him prepare. Darren Sammy, the West Indies captain, agreed that Saqlain's serenity and knowledge had been a boost for West Indies.

"Saqlain comes in with a lot of experience especially here in Bangladesh," Sammy said. "He's very calm guy, knows a lot about the game. He has been a good addition to our coaching staff. If he could work on improving the quality we have in our spinning department, and yet keep the dressing room calm and cool like we normally are, it will be a plus for us."

Abhishek Purohit is a sub-editor at ESPNcricinfo

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Posted by   on (March 28, 2014, 11:24 GMT)

Saqlain to me is the greatest right arm off spinner ever. Yes Murali is there and Ajmal and to an extent Sunil Narine but Saqlian's skills are the best. In the chennai test match - Ind Vs Pak, Sachin was winning the game for India with a backache and wickets were falling at the other end. Saqlian bowled a doosra that landed on the seam which Sachin read but could not control. Pak got a standing ovation and two men - Akram and Saqlain stood out. PCB is not utilizing talented players properly.

Posted by MurtaMac on (March 28, 2014, 6:10 GMT)

Saqi! what a legend! pity his knees gave way and cut short his career. I still to this day (when bowling spin) copy his action. A true fighter, handy lower down and had a decent technique. Match winner, much like Saeed Ajmal is now, we can only imagine what a potent partnership Ajmal and Saqlain would have been! All the best Saqi!!

Posted by   on (March 28, 2014, 6:04 GMT)

good job by saqlain. pcb should utilise ex players for coaching. waqar is coaching a domestic team in india whereas our bowling coach is not that good.

Posted by Jagger on (March 28, 2014, 4:03 GMT)

So by their own admission, the secret to beating the West Indies is to stir them up. Which is what Australia are only too happy to do. I can't understand why there are a few here who can't comprehend that and instead choose to throw stones at Australia as a country. It's not right.

Posted by bouncer709 on (March 27, 2014, 19:05 GMT)

Great to see Pakistan players playing all over the world and coaching too. Saqlain Mushtaq with WI, Mushtaq Ahmed with England, Kabir Khan with Afghanistan, UAE Aaqib javed.........haters keep banning our flags... and other banning players from IPL... but who cares...talent speaks loud..... 24 Pakistani have played in this T20 WC for other teams...

Posted by Syed_imran_abbas on (March 27, 2014, 18:50 GMT)

He was a great bowler. Inventor of dosra.. Pakistan need badly a proper fast bowling coach though.. Good luck saqi and WI.

Posted by   on (March 27, 2014, 17:53 GMT)

Saqleen mushtaq is so fat now. I still have an image of him as skinny off-spinner. Good going WI ! All the best !

Posted by   on (March 27, 2014, 14:30 GMT)

Like I have said many times before Cricket needs pakistans players and its cricket its not the other way around.......Saqi you BEAUTY YOU.

Posted by   on (March 27, 2014, 14:16 GMT)

great for the game keep the talents rolling

Posted by   on (March 27, 2014, 13:04 GMT)

Kudos to Saqlain. It's great to see him do well because he has been very underrated. All the best to him and also to WI.

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