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Pak must take advantage of poor India

Press Trust Of India
Sep 29, 2012 at 09:32pm IST

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Karachi: Former Pakistan spinner Abdul Qadir has asked Pakistan to take advantage of "internal politics" in the Indian cricket team when they clash with the arch-rivals in a crucial Super Eight match of the World Twenty20 on Sunday.

Qadir felt all was not well with the Indian team as it looks skipper Mahendra Singh is not getting along with opener Virender Sehwag. "I don't like to comment on internal matters of Indian cricket but it is a fact that I don't see a very good future for Dhoni after this ICC World Twenty20. There is definite politics and problems within the Indian team," Qadir.

The legendary spinner said it was now obvious that Dhoni was not getting along with Sehwag and some other players.

'Pak must take advantage of politics in Team India'

Qadir felt all was not well with the Indian team as it looks Dhoni is not getting along with Sehwag.

"There is no way that you cannot play Sehwag in the T20 form of cricket. He is a one man army on his day and very destructive not playing him tells me something is wrong in the Indian camp," Qadir told Geo Super channel.

He said that Pakistan team should take advantage of this situation. "If there is any problem within the Indian camp it will be good for Pakistan who must take advantage and try to bat second," he said. Pakistan and India play in the super eight stage on Sunday and a victory for Pakistan could propel them into the semi finals.

Qadir reckons that Dhoni might not have a very long reign as captain and he might lose support of the Indian cricket authorities soon. Former Test batsman Basit Ali also supported the views of Qadir insisting that there was something wrong between Dhoni and Sehwag and this was not good for the Indian team.

"At times I feel that Dhoni is too stubborn in selection matters and it hurts their team. Opening with Irfan Pathan when you have far better options available is hardly intelligent cricket," he said.

Qadir also urged the International Cricket Council (ICC) to ensure that in future ICC events pitches were prepared to provide entertainment for the crowds. "I am not happy with the inconsistent nature of the pitches we have seen in this World Cup so far. It is robbing spectators of their true value of money."

Qadir pointed out that Twenty20 cricket's main purpose was to entertain the crowds and this was not happening all the time in the World Cup.

"At times I think the pitches have been two paced or too slow. At times there has been much break for the spinners. I would prefer it if the ICC had pitches made for batting with a little bit of juice in them. Crowds want to see thrilling close high scoring close finishes," he said.

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