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Pakistan spin bowling coach Mushtaq Ahmed believes that spinners will play a crucial role during the 2015 World Cup.
Even though the World Cup will be held in Australia and New Zealand, which are renowned for their pace-friendly pitches, Ahmed feels that “spinners have become necessary attacking and containing options”.
“With the passage of time spinners have become necessary attacking and containing options in every country in the 50-overs format,” he said. “The reason for this is primarily because the behavior of pitches nowadays in ODIs is more or less standard with a few exceptions here and there.”
Ahmed also admitted that he was worried about Pakistan spinners Saeed Ajmal and Mohammad Hafeez being banned from bowling.
However, he added that Pakistan do have other options if the duo are unable to play in the World Cup.
“Obviously because Ajmal, Hafeez and Shahid Afridi have carried the brunt of the spin bowling for Pakistan in one-day internationals in recent years so it will make a difference,” he said. “I think the way Zulfiqar Babar and Yasir Shah responded in the recent test series against Australia and New Zealand it shows we have talent. Now it is up to the national selectors to decide what to do for the World Cup.”