Akhtar gives a thumbs down to Abu Dhabi cricket ground

Karachi: Former Pakistan fast bowler Shoaib Akhtar says the cricket ground in Abu Dhabi, where Pakistan and England are engaged in a Test match, does not suit fast bowlers much.

"The ground is sandy, thick and hard and it is a nightmare for the fast bowlers to bowl there," Akhtar said.

He also felt that the spinners can extract sharp turn and bounce if they are willing to push the ball through instead of giving it flight.

Akhtar who is appearing on the newly launched PTV sports as an expert for the series felt the ongoing second Test was wide open after the second day’s play.

"It is in an intriguing stage Pakistan must not relax in the first session tomorrow and try to take the remaining five English wickets for as many less runs as possible. If England get a lead of even 60 to 70 runs it would become a difficult situation for Pakistan," he said.

He said Pakistan`s best spinner Saeed Ajmal had made the mistake of thinking he would get wickets in Abu Dhabi by bowling the way he did in Dubai.

"When he got wickets it was when he pushed the ball through and depended less on his `doosra` and more on his off-break ball. Players have to evolve with every match taking into consideration the conditions and weather at a particular time."


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