Malik asks Pakistan to bank on spinners

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Lahore, Feb 14 (PTI) Urging the Pakistani team to relyheavily on the spinners, former Pakistan captain Shoaib Maliksaid spin bowlers would play a decisive role in the upcomingWorld Cup, to be jointly hosted by India, Sri Lanka andBangladesh.

"Already we have seen in the warm-up match betweenAustralia and India how important a role spinners can play inthis tournament," Malik, who was a shock omission fromPakistan World Cup squad, told reporters.

Malik also pointed out that since the tournament is beingheld in February-March, the weather at this time of the yearin all three host nations would be hot and humid and thepitches would be generally slow, which will make lifedifficult for the batsmen.

"I would advice the Pakistan captain and coach to go withat least one specialist spinner in every match," he said.

Malik noted that if Pakistan played with at least onespecialist spinner it would also help them maintain a quickover-rate and gives an opportunity to use the pace bowlers inshort spells.

"The weather in Sri Lanka during the group matches isgoing to be hot and the pace bowlers will find it hard to bowllong spells. So the spinners come into play," he said.

The allrounder, who bowls off-breaks, said teams with themost depth in slow bowling would dominate the World Cup.

"Sri Lanka, India, Pakistan and Bangladesh are all wellequipped in this department so it is going to be aninteresting tournament and a battle between the bat and ball."

Malik said while he is still disappointed over hisexclusion from the World Cup squad but had not given up hopeof playing for Pakistan again.

"As an international cricketer one goes through suchphases in life and one has to accept them and learn to stagecomebacks. I am playing domestic cricket regularly so that noone can say that I have lost touch. I also keep myself fitthis way."

Malik said he planned to visit all the three hostcountries to watch some World Cup matches.

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