Intikhab Alam cautions against under-estimating Pakistani bowlers


Pakistan’ team manager for the England tour has warned that not no underrate Pakistani pace attack when they will take on the hosts in the full fledged tour.

Alam accepted the fact that their bowlers are a bit inexperienced, but, they have got the skills to rattle English batting, “There is no doubt that our pace attack lacks the kind of experience that has been the hallmark of previous visiting Pakistan sides but I would caution against under-estimating their capabilities,” said Alam. “They have all been bowling well in recent times and are physically fit and will provide a stern test for the England batsmen.”

Mohammad Amir is the highlight of this tour as he will be returning in Whites after a long span of six years since he was banned from international cricket for being involved in spot fixing in the test match between Pakistan and England at Lord’s in 2010. Amir will be making comeback at the same venue of Lord’s.

However, the team manager believes that he is ready to absorb the pressure, “Although it is a little early to talk about it as there is some time to go and we have two warm-up games to play, we feel Amir is all set to play the first Test match at Lords.”

He added. “We all know about the circumstances surrounding his return but he is mentally prepared for this tour and he will be able to handle himself well; this isn’t the first time he is touring a foreign country after returning to international cricket and he also has been to England before.”

Intikhab Alam, who was the coach of Pakistan when they won World Cup 1992 and World T20 2009, praised Mickey Arthur, “We are very fortunate to have someone of the stature of Mickey Arthur as head coach for Pakistan and I am pleased to say that he has gelled well with the boys. He is working very hard with the team and the players are responding nicely and enthusiastically to his advice and comments.”

The 72-year old is positive about the result and confident over the kind of training they are undergoing for the tour, “Our preparations are coming along really well since our arrival here in Hampshire.”

He went on to say. “We played a three-day practice match and although one of the days was rained off, it had no bearing on the spirit of the team who are gelling very well and busying themselves with gym work whenever they get a chance. At this point there are no fitness or injury issues to worry about so we are very satisfied with the current outcomes of this camp.”

“We will prepare well and put in the effort needed and God willing, when the time comes, make the nation proud of this team,” he concluded.

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