Qadir's tips to help Tahir ahead of England tour

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Published: Wednesday, May 30, 2012, 15:44 [IST]
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Pak-born Tahir confident against England

Lahore, May 30: South African leg-spinner Imran Tahir has returned to his native to seek tips from legendary cricketer Abdul Qadir to exploit England team's discomfort playing spinners ahead of their Test series in July.

Tahir, the talented spinner playing for South Africa, trained with Qadir on Tuesday.

"I will try my best to learn more and more from the master," said Tahir, 33.

He added that Qadir was his master and a role model to many youngsters.

"Whatever leg-spin I bowl was taught to me by Qadir who in his day was a master spinner and a role model for youngsters."

While the cricketer turned commentator Qadir also admitted that he had trained Tahir and said he had taught him to bowl differently.

"I have told him how to bowl differently, Tahir is very talented and since he is my old student I agreed to help him when he contacted me last month," Qadir told AFP.

"If conditions in England remain dry and there is less rain then I am sure Tahir will be very handy against England," added Qadir, who took 236 wickets in 67 Tests for Pakistan.

South Africa are scheduled to play three Tests and five one-day internationals including three Twenty20 matches during their tour of England, while the first Test begins on July 19 at The Oval.

Tahir feels South Africa can also follow Pakistan's example as they thrashed England 3-0 in UAE earlier this year.

The talented spinner refused to compare himself with Ajmal or Rehman saying that he had his own style.

"What Ajmal and Rehman have achieved is great," said Tahir. "I have my own skill and I will try my level best to get wickets for my team and I am learning to control my delivery which is a bit faster than the normal leg-breaks."

Talking about his opponents he said, "England's batsmen will be different on their grounds, but I have experience of English conditions which would be handy," said Tahir, who has 18 wickets in seven Tests as well as 14 in five one-dayers.


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