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Monday, January 09, 2006

Eggs in the pace basket

If reports are any indication, the Pakistan strategy seems to be to put all its eggs in the pace basket.
This time, though, it is the team management which is personally making sure that things are not out of place. Waqar Younis will officially be assisting coach Bob Woolmer in managing the pace trio of Akhtar, Sami and Naved-ul Hasan.
Meanwhile, former greats Imran Khan and Wasim Akram, according to the players, have been personally providing inputs to these bowlers on how to go about with their strategy. ‘‘Fast bowling is definitely our asset and we cannot ignore that,’’ says chief selector Wasim Bari.
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Former reverse swing expert Sarfraz Nawaz passed on some vital tips to Mohammad Sami. In the given situation, Nawaz is also convinced that Pakistan have to utilise their pace battery and he sees no reason why the hosts cannot end up on a better note.

And Plan B would be...?

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