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‘Mushtaq’s guidance is key’

Saeed Ajmal is banned by the International Cricket Council for illegal action while form has deserted regular left-arm spinner Abdul Rehman.

By Liaqat Ali (reporter/ Chief Sub Editor)

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Published: Mon 27 Oct 2014, 4:07 PM

Last updated: Fri 3 Apr 2015, 7:12 PM

Dubai: Zulfiqar Babar, one of the architect of Pakistan’s thumping 221-run win over Australia, has grabbed an opportunity presented by the absence of established spinners with both hands with a match haul of seven wickets on the slow Dubai International Cricket Stadium wicket.

“It was not so easy to find a place in the playing XI,” conceded 35-year-old Zulfiqar, who made his debut lasts year against the South Africans in the UAE.

Saeed Ajmal is banned by the International Cricket Council for illegal action while form has deserted regular left-arm spinner Abdul Rehman. “Due to the presence of these great players, I got my chance,” he said, adding that he would pray for off spinner Ajmal’s return to the team sooner than later. “He is our match-winner.”

“I tried my best to perform well and justify the faith put in me by the selectors and the team management. With the help of Almighty I could win a game for my country,” added the left-arm spinner, who is known for his consistency.

Zulfiqar was modest in not taking entire credit for the second innings bowling. “Our bowling unit performed well and we stuck to our plans set by the team management,” he said in an exclusive chat with the Khaleej Times after the match.

The stocky bowler also praised the team’s bowling coach for all his inputs. “Mushtaq Ahmed is a seasoned campaigner and his presence in the dressing room has made a huge difference,” he pointed out.

He also had a word of praise for the fellow spinner. “Yasir had an ideal debut and supported me really well in the match and seamer Imran Khan also bowled well against a team like Australia.”

There were two catches dropped and a stumping missed in his bowling otherwise he would have finished with more wickets to his kitty. “There were some dropped catches in my bowling but it is a part and parcel of the game. We kept trying and that paid us in the end.”

liaqat@khaleejtimes.com



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