India are biggest threat in WC, feel Pak players

Karachi, Jan 30 (PTI) Off-spinner Saeed Ajmal andleft-arm pacer Sohail Tanvir feel that India will be thebiggest threat for all teams including Pakistan in theupcoming World Cup.

"I think India, Australia and South Africa can pose bigthreat as they have very strong squads for the tournament,�Ajmal told Pakistan''s former captain and now well-knowncommentator Ramiz Raja on a television show.

Ajmal said hopefully if Pakistan managed to get throughto the knockout stages it would have to contend with India inthe crunch stage of the event.

"Matches against India are always played with extra hypeand spirit and if such a match up takes place in the World Cupat any stage it would be great for the sport," the offiestated.

He also feels that he has been in the form of his lifeand would make an impact in the World Cup in which the pitchesare expected to assist the slow bowlers.

"I want to come out of the World Cup with appreciableperformances and with people saying Saeed bowled well for theteam," he said.

His teammate Tanvir said,"Both India and Sri Lanka havestrong one-day combinations and both can pose a challenge toany team in the tournament and in the knockout stage," hesaid.

"I am confident our team can perform well in thetournament and I see India or Sri Lanka as our main threats inthe latter stages of the event," Tanvir said.

The all-rounder who has made a comeback to the nationalteam after remaining out of action for nearly a year due to amajor knee operation ruled out England as a major contenderfor the title despite their recent success in the Ashes andafter winning the T20 World Cup.

Both also felt that the role of the captain and coach wascrucial in getting the best performance out of their players.

"The captain and coach can do a lot to lift a player ifhe is going through a bad patch. A captain must back hisplayer and tell him "I know you can deliver for me,"" Ajmalsaid.

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