Our bowling attack is potent even without Aamer and Asif: Riaz

Karachi, Feb 16 (PTI) Pakistan''s young left arm pacerWahab Riaz has warned the other participating teams in theWorld Cup not to under-rate the team''s bowling attack in theabsence of top bowlers, Mohammed Asif and Mohammed Aamer.

"No doubt, we will feel the absence of Asif and Aamer buteven without them our bowling attack is very potent and numberone in the world," Wahab told the Geo News channel inBangladesh on Wednesday.

Pakistan have gone into the World Cup with a depletedbowling attack having lost Asif and Aamer to the bans on themby the International Cricket Council anti-corruption tribunalon spot-fixing charges while Sohail Tanvir was also droppedfrom the World Cup squad on fitness grounds after the NewZealand tour.

Wahab who has emerged as a potent bowler for Pakistan inthe last few months with his ability to reverse swing the oldball at good pace said that any team would feel the absence oftheir top bowlers.

"It is the same with Pakistan but we still have a verydependable attack even without Asif and Aamer and no teamshould take our bowlers lightly," he cautioned.

Wahab who hails from Lahore and is playing his firstWorld Cup said that Pakistan''s biggest advantage was that allthe pace bowlers were good at reverse swinging the ball.

"And in Sri Lanka (where Pakistan plays all its groupmatches), reverse swing will be very handy for any team,"Wahab added.

He said the Pakistani bowlers would try to fully exploittheir knowledge of reverse swing on the slow pitches and humidweather in Sri Lanka.

Wahab also praised the team''s strike bowlers, ShoaibAkhtar and Umar Gul pointing out they carried a wealth ofexperience with them.

"They are top bowlers and bowling alongside them isalways a great help. The youngster said he was eagerlyawaiting to play his first World Cup and the entire team wasfocused on doing well in the tournament." PTI CORR KHS

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