Build attack around the spinners: Qadir and Qasim to Pakistan

Abdul Qadir and former chief selectors Iqbal Qasim also cautioned the team against complacency.

Qasim said it would be better for Pakistan if they go with two strike bowlers like Shoaib Akhtar and Umar Gul and base the rest of the attack on their spinners.

"Afridi is bowling very well and Muhammad Hafeez is also doing a decent job but I would look at ways to play both the specialist spinners, Abdul Rehman and Saeed Ajmal against the stronger teams," he said.

He said as the tournament will progress and the weather will get warmer, the pitches would be more suitable for batting and thus the spinners would add variety to the attack.

"The spinners have a more definite role to play particularly in the batting power play overs. Having a fast bowler at one end and a spinner at the other end is not a bad idea. Against spinners batsmen have to make strokes," he said.

"Our spinners are quality ones and they can be quite handful against any side in these conditions." He warned the Pakistan team not to become complacent at any stage of the competition as the real test would come in the quarter-finals.

Qadir, the master leg-spinner also supported a bigger role for spinners but felt that no one should fall into the spin trap.

"Take a decision after looking at the pitch on the particular match day. Because pitches in Sri Lanka tend to support the pace bowlers early on." The former chief selector, however, agreed that the role of spinners would grow as the World Cup progressed.

"Teams with quality spinners will have a definite edge as the event goes on. That is why many teams are now giving the new ball to spinners and it makes sense.

Test spinner Danish Kaneria said the conditions in India, Sri Lanka and Bangladesh in the World Cup were such that it was not a bad idea to give the new ball to a spinner.

"It is becoming obvious as the tournament progress, the spinners have a big role to play in this World Cup." Teams like South Africa, India, Zimbabwe and England have also experimented with spinners taking the new ball. And it was good to see Pakistan trying out the same strategy with Abdul Rehman today against New Zealand," Kaneria said.

The spinner, out of the national team because of non-clearance from the integrity committee of the Pakistan Cricket Board, said he was disappointed to be missing out on the World Cup.

"It is already disappointing that the World Cup matches are not being held in Pakistan and more so when I have to sit and watch the matches on television. Seeing the type of pitches they have prepared in the tournament I would have enjoyed bowling in the event even with the new ball," Kaneria said.

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