44-year-old Saqlain Mushtaq has also played the role of spin coach for countries like England, West Indies, New Zealand. He said that the role of spinners will be important during the T20 World Cup to be held in UAE.
Former Pakistan spinner Saqlain Mushtaq wants the International Cricket Council to reconsider the limit for bowlers to bend their elbows up to 15 degrees. He says that due to this rule, young players are not taking off-spin bowling. Saqlain Mushtaq is currently the head coach of the High Performance Center of the Pakistan Cricket Board. He said in an interview, I want to know how the experts of ICC came to the conclusion of bending the elbows of bowlers only up to 15 degrees. Did he research Asian, Caribbean and other players because everyone is different. Asian players have a different body type. They have more flexibility in their arms and some have more bendable joints. If Caribbean or English players are seen, then their body is different.
He further said, ‘I think the ICC should review this rule because 15 degrees is too low. This is stopping players from learning the art of off-spin bowling. My personal opinion is that any player can also bowl off break, second and top spin under the rule, but since the 15 degree rule has come, the players who throw off spin are also becoming leg spinners. Saqlain Mushtaq, who has taken 208 wickets in Tests and 288 in ODIs for Pakistan, believes that the off-spinner can be successful in ODIs and T20s if he has good skills. There is no need to throw another for this. He said that the trend of wrist spinners has increased, due to which the teams are not trusting the off-spinners.
He said, ‘There is a trend going on in white ball cricket that teams want to have more and more leg spinners. Like India has Chahal and Yadav, Australia has Adam Zampa and Stephenson, England has Adil Rashid. It is stopping the players from becoming off-spinners. The Pakistani veteran says that some countries are relying on off-spinners only in Test cricket. Among them, Nathan Lyon is playing for Australia and R Ashwin is playing for India.
Spinners will be effective in T20 World Cup
44-year-old Saqlain Mushtaq has also played the role of spin coach for countries like England, West Indies, New Zealand. He said that the role of spinners will be important during the T20 World Cup to be held in UAE. There is no dew here, so spinners will benefit. He also said that the way the Indian team has established its dominance in the recent times, its A-tour has been very important. India has invested a lot on its Under-19 and A tour.