Ajmal prepares for trophy

M Osama Afnan Hanafi

Wednesday, May 15, 2013 - Pakistani 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 the 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 may be a good batsman but I am also the number one spinner in ODI and look forward to dismissing him quickly and seizing the advantage.” 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%. “We are preparing ourselves for everything. This will be the last Champions Trophy and hopefully we can win this.”

—Karachi

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