KARACHI: Pakistan coach Intikhab Alam is wary of Sri Lanka’s spin arsenal and is working on a strategy to help his batsmen overcome that threat in a home series that will tentatively get underway in the third week of next month.
“It is going to be a good series,” said Intikhab. “Sri Lanka are one of the best teams in the world with a couple of very dangerous spinners,” he pointed out. Sri Lanka’s spin attack, which is still led by their 36-year-old star, Muralitharan, was bolstered this summer with the arrival of the sensational Mendis.
Mendis, 23, has already taken 26 wickets in just three Tests at 18.38 since making his debut against India in Colombo this July. He also has 48 victims from 18 ODI appearances at just 10.12.
However, Intikhab is confident that with proper preparations, Pakistani batsmen will be able to counter the Sri Lankan bowling attack that also has some quality pacers. It augurs well that all the star cricketers were busy in domestic cricket.
Earlier, they played Pentangular Cup four-day tournament and now they were busy in one-day tournament and following that Quaid-e-Azam Trophy would begin. The selectors would not have any problem in finalizing the team, as the players would be well drilled and in rhythm.
He said that after unfolding of the series schedule formally, decision would immediately be taken as to when the camp should be set up and the team would be prepared keeping in view of the Sri Lankan team and it should not be forgotten that Sri Lanka now have the services of not one, but two world class spinners.