Kaneria urges Pakistan to play off-spinner Ajmal against SL

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Karachi, Feb 25 (PTI) Pakistan''s out of favourleg-spinner Danish Kaneria urged the Pakistan team managementto play off-spinner Saeed Ajmal in the World Cup game againstSri Lanka in Colombo tomorrow as he felt that the latter wouldbe very effective against the left-handed batsmen.

"I think Saeed should be played because Sri Lanka havelot of left handers and he is a very experienced bowler andgood at bowling to left-handers," Kaneria said.

Kaneria also noted that spinners were already playing akey role in the tournament as even South Africa had gone intotheir match against the West Indies with four players whocould bowl spin.

"The World Cup looks like a spinners'' paradise already.

South Africa went with four spinners with great success. Theyalso surprised everyone by opening the innings with JohanBotha who responded in the first over," he said.

However, Kaneria, his country''s highest wicket-taker inTests as a spinner, adviced Pakistan against experimenting onsimilar lines.

"I don''t think Pakistan should experiment despite thefact that Afridi is very quick. There shouldn''t be too muchexperimentation, unlike the South Africans, who opted to do soagainst weaker opposition."

Kaneria also suggested the Pakistani spinners to bowlwith attacking fields and noted that Afridi had picked up fivewickets against Kenya by having an attacking field.

"Abdul Rehman went for a defensive field and mainlybowled a flat trajectory. This was quite surprising given aspinning pitch with the minnows facing a huge target. Heshould''ve bowled with a positive frame of mind, taking wicketswith added close-in fielders," said Kaneria.

"That would''ve given him a few scalps too and providedhim with added confidence for the bigger games. Even theKenyan spinners were extracting a lot of turn on this track soRehman''s tactics were all the more surprising," he added.

Kaneria also felt that if Pakistan win the toss againstSri Lanka, they should opt to bat.

"Pakistan have a potent attack with some quality pacebowlers to put pressure on the opposition.

"There is also the dew factor which makes one think ofbowling first but that in my mind would be a defensiveapproach," he said.

The leg-spinner also played down the threat posed bychampion off-spinner Muttiah Muralitharan.

"I think most of our batsmen have already played him alot in all forms of the game and know how to play him. Itwould be a mistake focussing just on him and not on the entireLankan bowling attack." PTI Cor CM

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