Mushtaq laments lack of experienced off-spin

Pakistan bowling consultant Mushtaq Ahmed is apprehensive ahead of the World Cup, saying it's a difficult stage to expect young spinners to do well, and that the bowling suspension have put the side in a tough position.

Premier spinner Saeed Ajmal and all-rounder Mohammad Hafeez are both banned from bowling due to illegal actions, and will thus not be sending deliveries down at the World Cup in Australia, and Mushtaq says they've had to work around that.

Mushtaq said: "Unfortunately you all know what happened to Saeed Ajmal and Hafeez, we got stuck. So when you don't have a thing which you require, then you have to rely on other things.

"And you can't rely on a young offspinner in such a big event. I think whatever resources we have, we have to trust and believe in them.

"We were used to Saeed Ajmal, he's our legend and has been our number one bowler, and it's very difficult to make a combination without him. But if you remember the scenario when Waqar Younis returned home due to injury before the 1992 World Cup, so this shouldn't be a problem.

"I will give credit to Saeed Ajmal, he always says teams don't win because of individuals, teams win if we play as a united team. We will feel his absence but the new players have to play their role and if we play as a unit I am hopeful we can deliver."

Mushtaq, a leg-spinner himself, said he hoped the decks Down Under would be helpful to the leggies, with rookie Yashir Shah and veteran Shahid Afridi shouldering a lot of the burden now.

The coach said: "If you look back, legspinners have been very successful in Australia. I have my personal experience; I have toured five-six times to Australia and have a very successful ratio bowling over there.

"The way Yasir Shah and Shahid Afridi have been bowling, I think they will make a difference for Pakistan as we do get bounce on the wickets of Australia and when a legspinner gets bounce, he becomes a wicket-taking option."