Saeed Ajmal optimistic about series against South Africa


KARACHI: Pakistan’s top spinner Saeed Ajmal believed that his team can win the series against South Africa if they played to 100 percent to their potential.

Pakistan suffered 0-3 humilation against South African on their tour to their country, but Saeed Ajmal says revenge will not be on his mind when the two sides clash again.

“There’s nothing like revenge in cricket, but we will give them a strong reply,” Ajmal told cricinfo.com website on Tuesday.

“I can’t say 100% Pakistan will win, but if we play to 100% we will win in UAE.”

One of Pakistan’s greatest results in Tests was their 3-0 victory over the then No. 1 side England in 2012 in the UAE, and Ajmal hoped that the team could perform at a similar level against the current No. 1 side.

“Last time when we played in Dubai, England was No. 1 and we were at the same position and we performed well,” he said.

“Inshallah against South Africa we will try our best to perform as well as we did against England.”

Ajmal was one of hero of the success against England, turning in a Man-of-the-Series performance with 24 wickets at 14.70. “I can’t say that I will take 20 or 40 wickets, but I am trying my best to be Man of the Series in the coming series.”

Pakistan’s Test record has been ordinary since that England series, winning only one Test – against No. 9 ranked Zimbabwe. Ajmal hoped that playing in Dubai would change that.

“We are going in with full preparation, we are focused and we know it takes spin in Dubai, we haven’t played badly in Dubai thus far and we will try to do the same.”

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