Rehman believes he and Ajmal can become one of the most dangerous spin duos of all time
After getting over the disappointment and surprise of being dropped from the Pakistan World Twenty20 squad, spinner Abdur Rehman has revealed that he is now focused on forming a lethal spin partnership with Saeed Ajmal in all formats of the game.
Rehman was dropped in a move that stunned the entire cricketing community as young left-arm spinner Raza Hasan replaced him on the roster.
However, Rehman will represent Pakistan in the current three match ODI series against Australia in the United Arab Emirates.
Speaking exclusively to Pakpassion.net, Rehman said: “That’s not a decision I can make, it’s something for the selectors to decide upon. I am not one for sitting with a glum face in the dressing room if I am not in the starting eleven or indeed if I am not selected in the squad for one or two formats, every cricketer wants to play in every format for their respective country and yes I was disappointed but it did not last long and you have to move on.”
Rehman admitted that both he and Ajmal have had bad performances in the past, and Rehman believes that during these situations it is key for one team-mate to back another one up in order to keep their on-field confidence levels high.
“Saeed and I have this theory where we hunt as a pair, that is we know when to attack the batsmen and when one needs to defend and the other attacks, or for that matter when we both need to defend as bowlers,” Rehman said.
Rehman believes Ajmal is a key bowler for Pakistan in all three formats of the game, and said: “It’s a privilege to be on the same side as Saeed. We get on very well on and off the field and it’s good to be able to discuss our bowling with one another, areas that we can work on and talk about opposition batsmen’s strengths and weaknesses.”
When asked about the upcoming series against India in December, Rehman stated that he was excited about the opportunity to play against the country’s arch-rival and that the series would be a special one.