Lehmann brushes off Ajmal absence

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Australian coach Darren Lehmann has maintained Pakistan will pose a major threat, despite the absence of spinner Saeed Ajmal, during this month's series in the United Arab Emirates.

Australian coach Darren Lehmann has maintained Pakistan will pose a major threat, despite the absence of spinner Saeed Ajmal, during this month's series in the United Arab Emirates.

Ajmal has been banned from bowling in international cricket due to an illegitimate arm action – and won't participate in October's one-off Twenty20 International, three ODIs and two Tests in Sharjah, Dubai and Abu Dhabi.

"We can't be worried too much what's going on with Pakistan, who they are putting, we have studied their side but history shows they always manage to pull some very good players from somewhere, young players, so they have got some exciting talent," said Lehmann.

The uncapped Saad Nasim has been included in the T20I squad – and fellow spin bowler Raza Hasan recalled. New captain Shahid Afridi and all-rounder Mohammad Hafeez, too, will bolster the bowling attack.

"In Ajmal's absence the role of bowlers like me, Hafeez and others have increased. It doesn't mean we can fill his void but I am sure we can manage it," added Afridi.

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