Rehman wants to prove viability of left-arm spinners in T20s

Pakistan left-arm spinner Abdul Rehman, who is making a comeback in the national squad after a long gap of three years, has said that he wants to prove that left-arm spin bowlers can also play a vital role in the T20 format.

Rehman, who was roped into Pakistan’s squad for the upcoming ICC T20 World Championship as a replacement for all-rounder Yasir Aarafat, said he wants to prove all those who believe that left-arm spinners don’t have any role to play in the slam-bang version of the game wrong.

“Many think there is no role for left arm spinners in T20 internationals and there are only few exceptions around like Daniel Vettori of New Zealand. I know that if I get a chance I can leave a mark and contribute to the team because I am bowling well and in rhythm,” The Daily Times quoted Rehman, as saying.

Rehman, 30, was unsure whether he would be included in the final eleven during the coveted tournament, but said if given an opportunity he would try his best to prove that left-arm slow bowlers could also play an important role in T20 matches.

“I don’t know if I’ll get a chance to play in the World Cup because we already have several spinners in the side like Shahid Afridi, Saeed Ajmal while Mohammad Hafeez also bowls off spin. But I am a left arm spinner and If I get a chance to play I want to change the way people think about having left arm slow bowlers in T20 cricket. I will change their perception,” he said.

Rehman had last appeared for Pakistan in a one-day international against India at Kanpur in November 2007.

He pointed out that defending champions Pakistan would be laying more stress on the spin department in the World Cup, as Caribbean pitches are slow and suit slow bowlers.

“I think there is a big role for spinners even in this instant brand of cricket and record show this clearly,” Rehman said. (ANI)

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