Bangladesh seek ex-Pak spinner Saqlain's help to tackle Ajmal's 'mystery spin'

Pallekele, Sept. 25 (ANI): Bangladesh cricket captain Mushfiqur Rahim has said that feedback from former Pakistan spinner Saqlain Mushtaq will help counter Saeed Ajmal's mystery spin in their battle against Pakistan on Tuesday.

Bangladesh need a big win over the 2009 champions in their final group D match to advance to the Super Eights round, but Ajmal's danger looms large after the off-spinner took 4-30 in Pakistan's 13-run win over New Zealand on Sunday, reports the Daily Times.

"Ajmal is a world class bowler but we have taken help from Saqlain who is very experienced but we have to execute our plans on the field and it's a do-or-die match for us but Pakistan is not unbeatable if we play well," said Rahim.

Ajmal is the leading wicket taker in Twenty20 internationals with 64 and his wicket taking ability poses a real challenge for Bangladesh, who have lost all their five matches in this shortest format against Pakistan.

"Playing Pakistan is a big challenge because their bowling is good but we want to put up our best to qualify for the next round," said Rahim.

Since then Bangladesh have lost nine consecutive matches in World Twenty20 editions, and Pakistan captain Mohammad Hafeez said he feels blessed with a varied bowling attack, led by Ajmal.

"What else can you want when you have such a variety in your bowling attack," said Hafeez, who along with Ajmal and Shahid Afridi holds spin responsibilities.

Hafeez, however, said Bangladesh will not be taken lightly.

"We are not thinking that we have already qualified, we have to win against Bangladesh. They have lost their first match so they will come down hard on us. We are not going to take Bangladesh lightly," said Hafeez. (ANI)