Imad fears dew factor may be a big issue

By our correspondent

KARACHI: Holders Karchi Kings skipper Imad Wasim on Tuesday said that they are yet to wait and see but they have seen an ‘alarming dew’ while training in the night which had created great problems for the bowlers especially for the spinners.

“The practice which we have done so far the dew we saw one night was very alarming. I have not seen such a dew in Dubai and Abu Dhabi before. It was very hard especially for the spinners to bowl in these conditions,” Imad revealed during a virtual news conference.

“But the training which we underwent in the day and evening dew was very less and breeze was blowing,” Imad said. “Its very complicated thing about dew. We are yet to sit and wait,” Imad was quick to add. “Yes toss would not be that crucial as we have noted,” Imad said. “In one or two matches it will become clear what will actually happen in the night,” he said. Imad said that their top priority is to make it to the playoffs first.

“No team would have advantage. We will first focus to qualify for the playoffs and then we will try to finish first in the league phase as it will have advantage. We will go game by game,” Imad said. He said that they plan to play better cricket.

“We don’t think that we are defending champions. If we defend the title it will be another thing. What matters the most is what brand of cricket we would play. Results are not in your hands. Yes, pressure will definitely be there but we aim to play good cricket and go game by game and exploit the weak points of the oppositions,” Imad said.

When asked who he will send as openers as there are three persons for those two slots in Babar Azam, Sharjeel Khan and Martin Guptill, Imad said he thinks Babar and Sharjeel will open.

“I am a sort of person who does not like to change the openers. I am not fond of making changes in the team. We will also talk to Babar, Sharjeel and Guptill and will decide whatever will be the best for the team but what I think Babar and Sharjeel will open the innings,” Imad said.

He said Kings have balanced squad, adding they have both spinners and fast bowlers. “We know that we have a handful of world-class players. If we look on paper so we are very very happy with the squad and will decide the squad keeping in view the conditions,” Imad said.

He said that personally he has worked very hard during the last three months.

“I have worked harder during the last three months and have come very strong mentally also and will try to contribute as per team’s demands,’ Imad said. He rubbished the notion that he opted to skip bowling in the Karachi leg so that he could not get exposed.

“I am not the type of person who is afraid of challenges. I accept challenges and those who have played with me know that. Yes I always prefer team’s interest and does not go after personal goals. If my team needs me to bowl four overs I will do and if it does not require that then I will not bowl a single ball. Team comes first,” Imad said.