Both England and Pakistan have been hit by injuries ahead of their four-Test series opener but former Pakistan captain Imran Khan does not feel this will detract from the battles which lie ahead.
â€œI think it will be a very interesting series â€” of course it very much depends on who is fit,â€ Imran Khan said about the Test rubber starting on Thursday here at LordÃs.
â€œWhat would make great cricket is if all top players and match winners were available, sadly Pakistan wonâ€™t have Shoaib Akhtar who, along with AustraliaÃs Brett Lee, are the great bowlers of the current era.
â€œBut Pakistan can still make themselves into a great bowling attack, even with some key names missing, and if England can get their bowlers firing then it is all set up for a good series,Ã® he stated.
â€œOne thing I would say is that Shahid Afridi has not been used properly by Pakistan â€” they kept on making him open the batting. But now they have got him lower down the order and he can win a match with his bowling, batting and fielding,Ã® Imran noted.
Imran demanded an apology from British press for calling former Pakistan bowlers â€” Wasim Akram and Waqar Younis â€” two of the greatest exponents of reverse swing, cheats. The pairâ€™s ability to make ball dart around through the air aroused suspicion at the time but they were, in fact, trailblazers of what has become a bowlerâ€™s most dangerous weapon.
â€œWasim Akram and Waqar Younis were great bowlers but sadly they got a very raw deal in British tabloids because they didnâ€™t understand reverse swing and they (media) subsequently called them cheats, which I thought was very unfair,â€ he said, adding, â€œI do think an apology is in order after what happened to them because now of course everyone understands reverse swing.
â€œEngland won the Ashes because of that (reverse swing) deliveries, so when these two great bowlers (Wasim and Waqar) were destroying great teams, I thought in England it was slanderous to call it cheating or even treat it with suspicion; it was art, pace and control of delivery,â€ said PakistanÃs former legend.
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