Pakistan coach unveils his mission England strategy

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Pakistan coach unveils his mission England strategy

*KARACHI: *Pakistan bowling coach Azhar Mahmood has unveiled his plan for England tour.

He said the team’s pacers are fit and raring to go when they visit Ireland and later England on a Test tour next month.

He said Pakistan are not relying on pace this time around in English conditions, and will instead be focusing on technique.

“The pacers who have been selected have all been playing quite a bit of cricket lately and they are all in form,” he said. “The fitness tests have shown that the players are fit and will hopefully be available throughout the series.”

He added that every player, including pace spearheads Muhammad Amir and Hasan Ali, is required to bowl with their minds rather than just using brute force to see out the Tests.

“This is a game of minds and you have to tire the batsman out and then attack his weak areas to dismiss him,” he said. “These players will be really suitable to the conditions in England and Ireland where our focus would be to use less pace and more technique.”

The Pakistani bowling line-up, apart from Ali and Amir, includes Muhammad Abbas, Rahat Ali, Faheem Ashraf and spinner Shadab Khan, while all-rounder Haris Sohail will also be another spin-bowling option.