Tuesday November 30, 2021

Imad says dew factor is alarming

June 09, 2021

KARACHI: Holders Karachi Kings skipper Imad Wasim on Tuesday said that they had seen "alarming dew" while training at night which created great problems for bowlers, especially spinners.

“The practice which we have done so far the dew we saw one night was very alarming,” Imad revealed during a virtual news conference. "I have not seen such dew in Dubai and Abu Dhabi before. It was very hard, especially for spinners, to bowl in those conditions on the first day we practised," he added.

“But the training which we underwent in daytime dew was very little and breeze was blowing,” Imad said. “It's a very complicated thing. We are yet to see,” Imad was quick to add.

“Yes toss would not be that crucial as we have expected,” he said.

“In one or two matches it will become clear what will actually happen at night,” he said.

Imad said that their top priority is to make it to the playoffs first. “No team will have an advantage. We will first focus on qualifying for the playoffs and then we will try to finish first in the league phase as it will have an advantage. We will go game by game,” Imad said.

“We don’t think that we are defending champions. If we defend the title it will be another thing. What matters the most is what brand of cricket we play. Results are not in your hands. Yes, pressure will definitely be there but we aim to play good cricket and go game by game and exploit the weak points of the opposition,” Imad said.

When asked who he would send as openers as there are three persons for those two slots in Babar Azam, Sharjeel Khan and Martin Guptill, Imad said Babar and Sharjeel would open. “I am the sort of person who does not like to change the openers. I am not fond of making changes in the team. We will also talk to Babar, Sharjeel and Guptill and will decide whatever is the best for the team but I think Babar and Sharjeel will open the innings,” Imad said.

He said Kings have a balanced squad with both spinners and fast bowlers. “We know that we have a handful of world-class players. If we look on paper so we are very very happy with the squad and will decide the squad keeping in view the conditions,” Imad said.

He said that personally he has worked very hard during the last three months. “I have worked harder during the last three months and have come very strong mentally also and will try to contribute as per team’s demands," Imad said.

He rubbished the notion that he opted to skip bowling in the Karachi leg so that he did not get exposed. “I am not the type of person who is afraid of challenges. I accept challenges and those who have played with me know that. I always prefer the team's interest and do not go after personal goals. If my team needs me to bowl four overs I will do and if it does not then I will not bowl a single ball. Team comes first,” Imad said.