Waqar urges Pakistan fight

Saeed AjmalPakistan head coach Waqar Younis has urged his pacemen to step up to the plate after declaring that Saeed Ajmal’s ban had “destroyed” the balance of his side for the World Cup (Pakistan 10/1 – World Cup Winners).

Ajmal is currently suspended from playing any cricket and must undergo rehabilitation on his action to make sure that it falls within the accepted guidelines.

He will therefore not be able to face Australia in the UAE over the next few weeks, with the two sides set to square off in a one-off T20 on Sunday (Australia 4/7, Pakistan 11/8 – Match Prices).

Three one-day internationals will follow plus a couple of Tests and so the Asians will be shorn of their best bowler against one of the top sides in world cricket.

And Waqar pulled no punches in his assessment of just exactly what the ICC has done to his side.

“Personally I feel it could have been done maybe after the World Cup because the balance of the teams has been destroyed,” he said.

“They could have waited for just maybe six, eight months and started this protocol maybe after the World Cup.”

Pakistan have recalled left-arm spinner Raza Hasan to face the Baggy Greens in place of Ajmal and Waqar has urged his entire attack to stand up and prove that they deserve a place at next year’s world Cup.

“We’re going to make sure that our pacers deliver and also our young spinners deliver,” he added.

“As you see we have quite a few fast bowlers in our squad so we have the World Cup in our minds too.”

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