Pak’s bowling strength holds key to their success against Proteas: Pybus

Islamabad: Richard Pybus, who has twice coached the Pakistan cricket team, has said that the strength and performance of Pakistan’s bowling unit will be the key to their success in the upcoming series against South Africa in the UAE.

“I imagine the strength and performance of Pakistan’s bowling unit will be the key for their success; they have wicket taking bowlers and variety in their bowling unit,” a website quoted Pybus, as saying.

“The key area for the South Africans will be their pace attack and above all Dale Steyn,” he added.

Pybus, who is currently coaching the Cape Cobras, a top South African domestic team, noted that Pakistan’s spinning combination would be crucial in the series.

“I think their spinning combination will be important. Saeed Ajmal will evidently be critical and there is always the threat of Danish Kaneria and his leg spinners... Danish is an exceptional leg spinner and he just needs a run in the side. If the Pakistanis play both their spinners (Ajmal and Kaneria) and add to that the quality of their seam attack, the Pakistani bowling line-up is a strong one,” he said.

Praising Pakistani bowler Umar Gul, Pybus said, “Umar has fantastic control, he just needs to find the right length for the type of wicket he is bowling on and hold that length and to allow that control to be his gameplan and to enable the execution of that gameplan to help him in picking up wickets.”

“In my experience, one of the great things about the Pakistani quick bowlers is that they have wonderful skills, but if something isn’t happening then they become a tad impatient and to bowl a little too straight and try to make things happen. As a unit they need to hold their channels, be patient and to build pressure and this has been the problem for Gul in the past,” he added.