ISLAMABAD, Nov 9 (APP): Pakistan ace off-spinner Saeed Ajmal has
offered his services to the English Cricket Board in order to help England cricket squad deal with spin bowling.
Trevor Bayliss’s side were undone by Pakistan’s slow bowlers in their
2-0 series defeat, with 35 of the England’s 53 wickets falling to Yasir Shah, Shoaib Malik and Zulfiqar Babar, while their own spinners managed just 20 scalps, Daily Mail reported.
Off-spinner Ajmal took 24 at 14.70 during Pakistan’s 3-0 whitewash of
England in 2012, but a subsequent five-month ban imposed by the International Cricket Council (ICC) forced him to remodel his action.
The 38-year-old, after being cleared to bowl in February, has
struggled to have the same impact since his return to the game and has yet to earn a recall to the Test team. But Ajmal would be keen to lend his expertise to the England set-up on his retirement.
“If I were to coach for England, I would call all the spinners from all the counties in for one session and ask them to bowl in front of me,” said Saeed Ajmal to the paper.”
“I would see the variations, the revs and the pace of all the spinners
available, and shortlist the two I liked best. I would work with these two for three to four months ahead of England’s next tour of India, Pakistan or Sri Lanka – it would not take me more than four months to prepare effective spinners in the subcontinent,” he elaborated.
Pace and variation in Asia, especially the UAE, is very important. Pitches are very slow so spinners have to bowl with pace, not just with flight, added Ajmal.
“England, at the moment, don’t have bowlers who can spin with pace – and they need this to succeed in the subcontinent,” he said.
Meanwhile, Ajmal also praised England’s spin duo of Adil Rashid and Moeen Ali saying they were Cook’s best option at the moment.
“Moeen and Rashid are the best spinners available to England,” Ajmal
“They need to continue their hard work, and the England management needs to give them time and more experience. England need to show belief in these two spinners.
“Moeen is probably the best all-rounder in the England team at the moment, but he needs to work more on his variations to become the number one spinner.”
He advised the English batsmen to take their time, for according to him, either they come too far forward or drop back too far in crease.
“English batsmen are not good at playing spin compared to fast bowling. I was successful in 2012 because they couldn’t understand my bowling – I played with their minds,” Saeed Ajmal said.
He quoted the example of Ian Bell, whom he dismissed four times with the doosra. “Bell just couldn’t understand it,” concluded the world-class spinner.