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    "Don't write off Pakistan against England" : Azhar Mahmood

    Writing in his latest blog on PakPassion.net, Pakistan all-rounder Azhar Mahmood looks forward to his role as assistant coach for Pakistan's limited overs' teams during the England tour where he will work closely with Mickey Arthur, the importance of Yasir Shah to Pakistan's chances against England and assesses Pakistanís batting line-up in the upcoming Test series.




    Coaching Role for Pakistan

    Naturally I'm delighted at being given another opportunity to serve my country in a coaching role. It's a huge honour and I'm thankful to the Pakistan Cricket Board for giving me this chance. The Board asked about my availability which I confirmed to them, but obviously we had to sort a few issues out as I am under contract with Surrey for the domestic Twenty20 competition in England. My appointment is just for the limited overs leg of the series against England and it's something that I am really looking forward to. As for future assignments with the PCB, letís wait and see.


    Working with Mickey Arthur

    I'm looking forward to working with Mickey Arthur who of course is a very experienced coach. I've not had a chance to chat with him yet about what he wants from me, but it should be a good experience working with him for the betterment of Pakistan cricket. It will be good to sit down with Mickey and discuss our plans for the limited overs matches against England. I've played a lot of cricket in England and I'll be more than happy to pass on my experience to the Pakistan squad during the upcoming tour. Itís obviously Mickeyís first series as Pakistan Head Coach so it will be great if we could get off to a good start.


    What can an international bowling coach achieve?

    At the international level, a bowling coach's influence is minimal because what you are basically doing is providing your bowlers with plans that they need to stick to. You cannot make drastic changes to a bowler's action or totally overhaul the way they bowl mid-series. You give the bowlers instructions and advice on where to bowl to the opposition batsmen and what those batsmen's strengths and weaknesses are. You can provide the bowlers with technical advice on wrist position etc but you cannot make drastic changes to what the bowlers have learnt at the academies and at junior level. The role in my opinion is more about guidance than drastic changes, as bowlers at international level should already know and have a good understanding of the basics of bowling.


    Time for the other bowlers to step up and support Mohammad Amir

    Mohammad Amir will be lethal in English conditions, but there will be pressure on him and everyone needs to realise that he is playing Test cricket after nearly six years so expectations need to be realistic. Pace can rattle England and that is where Wahab Riaz can step up. He took a five-for last time he toured England and I expect him to bowl well on this tour. Wahab Riaz, Imran Khan and Rahat Ali all need to step up and support Mohammad Amir and bowl as a unit, rather than individually. Pakistan has a very good pace bowling combination with the skills of Mohammad Amir, pace of Wahab Riaz and the ability to swing the ball of Rahat Ali and Imran Khan. Whilst Pakistan has three left-arm pace bowlers, they are all different in the way they bowl and have different strengths.


    The importance of Yasir Shah

    It may seem that he comes into the Test series undercooked but I think he will have been bowling plenty of overs in the nets even during his ban. It's also important that he gets plenty of overs under his belt in the warm up matches ahead of the first Test. Yasir Shah has a key and very important role for Pakistan as he is an attacking spinner and will not want the England batsmen to settle down. We know that England batsmen struggle against high-class spinners and Yasir Shah's influence will be even greater if the weather is to his advantage. I expect Yasir to have a good series providing he is patient. Patience is the key for Yasir Shah, because if he becomes impatient then his accuracy will suffer.


    Pakistan's batting

    I don't think Pakistan's batsmen should fear Stuart Broad and James Anderson. Yes, respect them but don't go into the series nervous and fearing the opposition as that would be disastrous. The Pakistan batting line-up is experienced and the likes of Mohammad Hafeez, Azhar Ali and Asad Shafiq have been around on the international scene for a long time now. Pakistan's batting does not look as fragile as some people are suggesting. Add Misbah-ul-Haq and Younis Khan to the aforementioned and you have a solid-looking batting unit. Conditions will be tough for the Pakistani batsmen, but most of them have played in England before and toured here previously. Pakistanís philosophy should be to put at least 300 runs on the board and then unleash the bowlers. Pakistan haven't come to England with a batting line-up of novices like Sri Lanka did, they have come here with an experienced unit and that is very important. Most of the Pakistan top order have played around the world and they should be battle-hardened. If they utilise their experience then there is no reason why we should see batting collapses like there were on the 2010 tour of England.


    Don't write off Pakistan

    The hosts are a formidable team at home and they are playing good cricket but don't write off Pakistan against England. The bowling attack that Pakistan has at its disposal is an excellent one and can cause the English batsmen a lot of problems. Stuart Broad and James Anderson are very good bowlers, but if the Pakistan batsmen plan well, play according to the conditions and bat in a way that is in accordance with how to bat in England, then they can hold their own with ease. I expect it to be a hard-fought series with both teams' bowlers dominating, but I donít think it will be the one-sided affair in favour of England that some are predicting.



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    Well said Azhar - I want more of this defiance from our management and players. There is a media war out there, like it or not, and this needs to be said.

    Azhar's experience in English conditions will be crucial so great to have him onboard.


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    I don't understand why some people here are totally writing off Pakistan.. They have a well settled test squad true they haven't been tested outside UAE but now it's their chance right? Pretty potent bowling and batting barring the openers is solid..

    The preparation leading up to the tour has been great..

    Anderson might miss first test, some of their batsmen are out of form..

    There is a very good chance Pakistan might get close to winning the series..

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    The only folks putting pressure on Mohammad aamir are in out set up. How he will be the spearhead and others will be supporting acts.

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    Lol @ others need to step up and support Amir. He is coming back from a ban, hasn't played Test cricket for five years, he is the real support bowler.

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    He spoke well here. He is right about the impact a bowling coach will have at international level. I hope the bowlers take his advice because he seems an intelligent bowler.

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    ISLAMABAD: Pakistan assistant coach Azhar Mahmood said on Sunday that Pakistan bowlers needed to step up and support pacer Muhammad Amir in the upcoming series against England and bowl as a unit, rather than as individuals.

    Writing in a blog on PakPassion.net, the former Pakistan all-rounder said: "Wahab Riaz, Imran Khan, and Rahat Ali all need to support Amir on the field." He added that the national team had a very good pace bowling combination which should be utilised in the upcoming England series.

    The 41-year-old further said that spinner Yasir Shah would be a key weapon against England's batsmen as the hosts have a history of struggling against high-class spinners. "Yasir Shah has a very important role for Pakistan as he is an attacking spinner and will not want the England batsmen to settle down," he wrote. "We know that England batsmen struggle against high-class spinners and Yasir Shah's influence will be even greater if the weather is to his advantage, therefore I expect him to have a good series providing he is patient."

    The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) recently offered Azhar Mahmood the position of bowling coach of the national team, which also includes duties of the assistant coach. Prior to this, the former all-rounder was appointed bowling coach on a short-term basis for the World T20 in India, where Pakistan performed poorly which resulted in many changes to the team and management.

    Talking about his new role in the national team, the 41-year-old said that he was delighted at being given another opportunity to serve his country and is looking forward to working with an experienced coach like Mickey Arthur. Pakistan's tour to England which includes four Tests, five ODIs and a one T20I, will begin with the first Test on July 14 at Lord's cricket ground.
    http://dailytimes.com.pk/sports/04-J...t-amir-mahmood

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    pakistan is unpredictable
    in 2010 they were going to lose the series with a whitewash but then they bounced back in the third test and then fourth one was certain victory for them until spot-fixing hit them

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    i think we can at least one game our pace bowling is potent good swing bowlers and our batting is looking good


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    Quote Originally Posted by The Last Of The Stars View Post
    Lol @ others need to step up and support Amir. He is coming back from a ban, hasn't played Test cricket for five years, he is the real support bowler.
    Going into the series against England it's blatantly obvious that Amir is Pakistan's best seamer and the pace bowler who the team will be relying on to take most of the wickets. What Azhar is saying is that the other bowlers need to support him by keeping things tight and by picking up their share of wickets.



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    No mention of Sohail Khan?

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    14th July and we are almost there! Pakistan look well prepared. They just need to believe in themselves.


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    Can Mushtaq, Mickey or Grant help Amir unlocking his wrist ? So that he can bowl a delivery with straight seam or with seam facing 1st slip (against rightie) ?


    He has to bowl a mini offcutter because of the problem he is having.


    No Fast Bowling Coach ?


    Wasim se he mil le bhaee.

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    Quote Originally Posted by TalentSpotterPk View Post
    Can Mushtaq, Mickey or Grant help Amir unlocking his wrist ? So that he can bowl a delivery with straight seam or with seam facing 1st slip (against rightie) ?


    He has to bowl a mini offcutter because of the problem he is having.


    No Fast Bowling Coach ?


    Wasim se he mil le bhaee.
    He was fine before the series, I think technically he is still sound but is not 100% fit? What do you think? However having someone knowledgeable around would aid him immensely to make little tweaks which could help him.

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    back to the topic of this blog...Azhar's predictions arent too far off but we are just not consistent.


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    Quote Originally Posted by shaz619 View Post
    He was fine before the series, I think technically he is still sound but is not 100% fit? What do you think? However having someone knowledgeable around would aid him immensely to make little tweaks which could help him.
    Well. Yes Fitness but other things aswell.

    Read Post number 261 & 265 in this thread for my assessment.

    http://www.pakpassion.net/ppforum/sh...mad-Amir/page4


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    Our fans are writing us off for this test match after one bad day

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