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Flexibility is the key for Lawson

Pakistan kick off their World Twenty20 campaign against Scotland in Durban on Wednesday, a match which shouldn't be too much of a challenge.

However, tough contest or not, coach Geoff Lawson believes Umar Gul and Shahid Afridi will be the ones to watch in the Pakistani set-up.

The coach expects Afridi and a few other big-hitters to be shuffled up and down the order according to the given match situation and reckons Gul will do a good enough job in the absence of Shoaib Akhtar, who was sent home after a bat brandishing incident with team-mate, Mohammad Asif.

Lawson, sporting a well-trimmed beard nowadays, told Cricket365: "The secret is you have to be flexible.We've got a couple of batsmen who can score runs quickly. That's a great strength of ours.

"We've got Afridi who can score 50 off 15 balls against any attack. Whether we decide to bring him in to face as many balls as possible is a tactical decision.

"Flexibilty is the key. The explosiveness of Afridi is a huge advantage in this competition.

Lawson said of Gul's return to the fold after a lengthy spell on the sidelines due to injury: "He has been bowling very fast and with a great deal of control.

"We've had five warm-up games in the last days or so and Gul has been outstanding. We are very pleased."

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