Alam not worried by Saqlain's presence in Kiwi camp

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Lahore, Nov.24 (ANI): Pakistan cricket coach Intikhab Alam is not bothered about former off-spinner Saqlain Mushtaq's presence in the Kiwi camp.

Alam said Saqlain, who has been appointed as New Zealand's bowling consultant, would not give hosts any advantage in the Dunedin Test beginning Tuesday (today).

"Cricket is a global sport and being professional coach, one is expected to give his best on the assignment he is working on. Nowadays coaching is a fulltime professional job and you can get a challenging assignment with any team," The Daily Times quoted Alam, as saying.

"I have told the boys to just focus on game and do your best. Nothing else matters. In New Zealand conditions, pacers should dominate during the series," he added.

Alam said he is happy that former Pakistan cricketers are getting high profile assignments abroad.

While Alam believes that Saqlain's presence would not have any impact on the Test match, team insiders said players are worried by the former top off-spinner lending help to the Black Caps.

"He is a Pakistani and top off-spinner. The biggest worry is that he will help the New Zealanders tackle our spinners well, particularly Saeed Ajmal, who is still new to Test cricket," sources privy to the Pakistan dressing room said. (ANI)

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