Waqar Younis hopes his bowlers will deliver on England tour despite lack of ideal preparations

By our correspondent

KARACHI: Despite lack of ideal preparation conditions due to bad weather Pakistan’s bowling coach Waqar Younis is hopeful that his bowlers will live up to the billing on England tour.

“On Zimbabwe tour, which I missed as a coach, our bowlers did extremely well both at the T20 and Test match level. As far as this tour is concerned we are a bit unlucky that the weather is not that what it should have been. But bowlers are responding very well. Whatever facilities and opportunities we did get and the outdoor practices we managed bowlers are bowling well,” Waqar told a virtual news conference on Monday. “Yes, they have come from the extreme weather and one will have to remember that to move from four overs cricket to ten overs cricket it takes some time to adjust to the conditions. They are experienced now especially Shaheen, Hasan is bowling very well and I am pleased overall. The good thing is that they were coming from hot weather so there was no need to work any longer,” he said.

Waqar said that unlike the last series against England they now are better side and Hasan Ali’s return will add to the cause.

“You have to adjust when you move from one type of conditions to another. But if we pick the last three series, also including home series, then I think Pakistani bowlers have responded well overall. This is a new condition. When we came here last time, we were a younger side, we definitely this time are far better especially with Hasan coming back, It makes a big difference. And because of the Covid conditions we have come with a big pack and it gives us an opportunity to work with more bowlers,” Waqar said.

“I hope Shaheen, Haris and Hasan will come good and Hasnain is also bowling well. Faheem is also good. I mean conditions are not ideal but we will try to meet our goals,” Waqar was quick to add.

Praising the talented pacer Shanawaz Dhani Waqar said he would be watched closely in future.

“Dhani, no doubt, is very talented and that’s why we have kept him in the test squad. Definitely in future he will be watched closely. He is the highest wicket-taker of the PSL and he bowled extremely well and people are praising him so its a plus plus for Pakistan. And we wish more such bowlers come,” he said.

When asked that Haris Rauf and some other bowlers remained very expensive in death overs in the PSL, Waqar said he had talked to them and would keep talking. “We are working on it and inshaAllah this issue will be fixed,” Waqar said. He said that they would get the best out of their bowlers.

“T20 cricket is unpredictable game and you have good and bad days. Its fast moving and you will have to be on your toes. We are working really hard and the boys are responding very well and we are keeping their fitness and workload and will try to get the best out of them in the upcoming series,”.

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