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“I think his calming influence more so than any technical skills that he may impart has been doing wonders not only for myself but for all the bowlers as well”
West Indies spinner Samuel Badree has announced that former Pakistan off-spinner Saqlain Mushtaq has “been a wonderfully calming influence on the team”.
Badree added that Mushtaq knows how to read a batsman’s mind and pinpoint his weaknesses.
“To be honest Saqi has been a wonderfully calming influence on the team,” Badree said. “He is one who does not get worked up or anxious over any situation. He does not panic at all and I think his calming influence more so than any technical skills that he may impart has been doing wonders not only for myself but for all the bowlers as well.
“He is someone who sits and analyses the game. He can work out a situation very well. As I said there’s not too much technical stuff but it is the calming presence and his advice at various stages and how to work out batsmen, the signs that batsmen give to you so that you know what they are thinking. Those are important things, especially in this format where batsmen are aggressive towards you.”
Mushtaq was brought in as a spin consultant after hosting a three-week clinic at the West Indies Cricket Board (WICB) High Performance Centre last year.
“Saqlain comes in with a lot of experience especially here in Bangladesh,” West Indies captain Darren Sammy said. “He’s very calm guy, knows a lot about the game. He has been a good addition to our coaching staff. If he could work on improving the quality we have in our spinning department, and yet keep the dressing room calm and cool like we normally are, it will be a plus for us.”