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Saqlain Mushtaq backs Pakistan to do well against England

The 43-year-old believed that Pakistan would have the edge because of their spinners

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Pakistan’s legendary off-spinner Saqlain Mushtaq, in a YouTube video, claimed that the Men in Green would have an edge over the England side if the matches are played in the southern region of the country.

Saqlain, who had taken 13 Test five-wicket hauls with 3 Test ten-fers and took seven five-wicket hauls in One-Day Internationals (ODIs), said Pakistan would have an edge over England in the series to be held in July and August as the weather would be great.

“Cricket must happen and Pakistan should go to England for the series with all the precautionary and safety measures as part of the Covid-19 pandemic,” Mushtaq said.

“If the series was played at Southampton, Lords and The Oval then Pakistan would have an edge as our spinners will be very effective on these wickets,” he said and added English bowlers Jamie Anderson, Stuart Broad and Jofra Archer would get less swing and seam on this side in July and August.

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Saqlain, who was selected as one of the Wisden Cricketers of the Year for 2000, recalled that English spinners Moeen Ali and Adil Rashid were very effective on these wickets against India and South Africa in the past.

“Spinners have been getting great help on these wickets for the past 3 to 5 years because of the turn and reverse swing,” he said and added that nobody does reverse swing better than Pakistan.

“If some other thing was used to shine the bowl instead of saliva then it would also benefit Pakistan,” he said.

It should be mentioned that the International Cricket Council’s (ICC) cricket committee, comprising of former top players, have recommended on medical advice that spit-polishing the ball should be prohibited while the coronavirus outbreak persists.