Pakistan are furious. They have reached the semi finals of the ICC World Twenty20 but the world continues to cast aspersions on them, this time it is none other than the New Zealand captain, Daniel Vettori.
Vettori has had a tough time in England. First he missed out on matches due to a shoulder injury. And then, he had to watch New Zealand lose their way after starting strongly. Their performances have slipped below par and the most glaring of them did not come in their final Super Eights match against Sri Lanka but rather the one against Pakistan.
New Zealand collapsed for ninety-nine and Pakistan’s fast bowler Umar Gul picked up five wickets conceding just six runs. Gul came for praise for the prodigious reverse swing he could attract.
As Pakistan gear to face South Africa, the South Africans are undeterred by the proposition of Gul extracting a similar amount of swing. They believe they have enough bowlers with their own repertoire to add variety to their attack to trouble Pakistan even. Pakistan are bound to employ similar tactics and keep Gul away from the new ball and towards half way through the innings, thrust him against the strong South African line up.
However, it is learnt that New Zealand have lodged a formal complaint with the ICC as Vettori exclaimed that he found it rather surprising that the ball could not have been so scruffed up as early as the twelfth over for Gul to produce reverse swing.
At the time the Pakistan captain Younis Khan explained it as a matter of the ball being hit out of the ground and therefore, going in for wear and tear.