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“There’s nothing like revenge in cricket, but we will give them a strong reply”
Pakistan spinner Saeed Ajmal has denied wanting revenge in the upcoming Test series against South Africa in the United Arab Emirates after the national team suffered a 3-0 whitewashing at the hands of the Proteas in February.
“There’s nothing like revenge in cricket, but we will give them a strong reply,” Ajmal said. “I can’t say 100% Pakistan will win, but if we play to 100% we will win in UAE.”
In January 2012, Pakistan dominated England, who were the number one Test team at the time, and ended up whitewashing them 3-0.
Ajmal is now hoping the national team can pull off another stunning win.
“Last time when we played in Dubai, England was No. 1 and we were at the same position and we performed well,” he said. “Inshallah against South Africa we will try our best to perform as well as we did against England.”
Ajmal played a crucial role during the Test series against England as he took 24 wickets at a mind-boggling average of 14.70.
“I can’t say that I will take 20 or 40 wickets, but I am trying my best to be Man of the Series in the coming series,” Ajmal added.
Pakistan have not been in great form as of late as they recently lost a Test match to Zimbabwe, but Ajmal is hoping the national team can turn things around in their upcoming Test series.
“We are going in with full preparation, we are focused and we know it takes spin in Dubai, we haven’t played badly in Dubai thus far and we will try to do the same,” he said.
The first Test between Pakistan and South Africa will begin on October 14 in Abu Dhabi.