Pakistan’s 32-year speedster, Umar Gul is confident that Mohammad Amir will perform well in English conditions as he has the experience of playing their before as well. However, Gul has advised the young pacer to be tight-lipped and just let his bowling do the talking.
Umar Gul talked to Pak Passion, where he said, “I am sure the Pakistan management would have spoken to him about it but there is no doubt that Mohammad Amir will face a lot of pressure during the upcoming tour and this is to be expected due to what happened in 2010. The British media will be following his every move and I would advise him to let his bowling do the talking. He should restrict his movements from the hotel to the ground and back and simply concentrate on his game and nothing else. This will be the best way to answer all of the criticism and back-talk.”
Umar Gul, who was phenomenal in ODIs in Pakistan’s last tour to England, said that Pakistan has a strong bowling line up and apart from Amir, the emerging leggie, Yasir Shah will be effective in those conditions.
“We have an excellent bowling attack for this tour and the pick among the fast bowlers will surely be Mohammad Amir. He will play a key role against England. I expect him to perform very well as he has played in those conditions before. Apart from Amir, Sohail Khan has put in some excellent performances before and knows how to bowl in seaming conditions. But don’t forget that in leg-spinner Yasir Shah, Pakistan has an excellent bowler who can take wickets on any kind of surface. He has been making steady progress in the past few years and is also a regular with the Pakistan Test squad. Time will tell how Yasir bowls in England but given that we are heading towards the middle of the summer months in England, we can expect him to get lot of purchase from wickets at The Oval and Edgbaston, especially on the third or fourth days of Test matches,” he stated.
Gul believes that Pakistan has a stronger batting line as compared to Sri Lanka and they will perform better than the Islanders.
“I am convinced that Pakistan’s batsmen will perform better than Sri Lanka as they have some quality batsmen in their midst. As for Sri Lanka, they are a very weak team in Test matches as it stands today. They have lost Kumar Sangakkara and Mahela Jayawardene in recent times and have not found good replacements yet and they cannot rely on Angelo Mathews all the time to help them out. The results against England are ample proof of that,” he added.
Umar Gul looked satisfied with the selected test squad and said that Inzamam Ul Haq has gone with the tried and tested combination.
He said, “The team selected for the Test series seems to be a good one. To be honest, no one is really ever satisfied with what selectors choose but in this case, I am happy with the players chosen. This is pretty much similar to the Test team which has proven to be quite successful for a while for Pakistan.”
Pakistan’s T20 specialist bowler further revealed that he is working hard on his fitness and putting all his efforts to make a comeback, the rest will depend on the selectors.
“I am working hard to make sure that I stay fit and will make sure that I keep on putting in good performances at the domestic level. The rest is up to the selectors. The two Twenty20 tournaments I am playing in Karachi are part of that desire to stay in contention in the long run.”
Gul concluded saying the upcoming England tour is a big test for Pakistan team, who has been doing great in test cricket for the past few years in UAE and Asian conditions.
“Pakistan has been playing good Test cricket for the past few years in the UAE and in Asian conditions but the tour of England will be a big test for them; I am hoping that they can adapt to English conditions as soon as possible and if they do that, then nothing can stop a Pakistan success on this tour,” he said.