Specialists can help Pak win against India: Talat

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New Delhi, Nov 21 (UNI) Specialists can turn it around for Pakistan in the three-match Test series against India, says manager Talat Ali.

''In Test cricket, specialists are a must. They are crucial in the scheme of things,'' he told reporters here, adding ''all-rounders can play important role but I am of the view that it is the specialist batsmen and bowlers who hold the trump card''.

Talat, a former Test cricketer, hinted that his team will not go for any experiment but will open with specialist openers Salman Butt and Yasir Hameed.

He still had confidence in Kamran Akmal saying though the wicket-keeper was bit off colour in the ODI series but could be kept in the Test side.

''Akmal has experience and knows how to play under pressure.He has a century to his credit under very tough conditions against India at Mohali during the previous tour,'' he said.

Without Shahid Afridi and Fawad Alam, who have returned home, the visitors do not have many all-rounders left in their ranks and in such a situation Shoaib Malik may have to shoulder the responsibility of the fifth bowler.

The manager asserted that his side has the firepower to rattle the rivals in the Tests.

''On paper, we are a stronger side than the hosts. If you compare player by player then we are a better side,'' Talat said.

The visitors have yet to decide their playing eleven for the opening Test tomorrow.

It is likely that Pakistan will open with Salman and Yasir with Younis Khan, Mohammad Yousuf, Shoaib Malik and Misbah-ul -Haq to follow.

Kamran Akmal will keep the wickets. Shoaib Akhtar, Umar Gul and Danish Kaneria will be the main bowling spearheads with Sohail Tanvir, Mohammad Sami or left-arm spinner AbdulRehman giving them support.

The manager was of the view that the Kotla wicket is low and slow track that would assist the spinners on the last two days.


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