DHAKA - M Hafeez was stating the obvious when he said that whichever of Pakistan or the West Indies handled spin better would come up trumps in Tuesday’s must-win clash for both teams. “West Indies rely a lot on their spinners. At the same time, Pakistan have also got some of the best spinners in the world,” said Hafeez. “These are the two sides for whom the spinners have to play a very, very handy role. The team which plays the spinners well will have the advantage in this game.”

Hafeez refuted suggestions that there was an overemphasis on spin all round, saying the conditions demanded that spin be used as the primary attacking bowling option. “As a team, you always think what the conditions are and you back yourselves. As I mentioned earlier, spinners are doing great in these conditions, so why not go with them? We still got one of the best pacers in Umar Gul. He has been exceptional in T20 cricket. And (Sohail) Tanvir has always performed well in this format. The only thing is we always watch conditions and go with that.”

Pakistan’s plans for the West Indies would depend a great deal on the conditions, Hafeez observed. “We were very sure about this game (against Bangladesh) after watching the pitch provided by the curator. We knew this is a slow pitch where we have to put up a good score. We were clear with our plans and so were the batsmen. We had given them instructions to just go and enjoy the format. Ahmed Shehzad (the centurion) was exceptional and the rest of the boys were rotating the strike so that he would not feel the pressure. “Regarding West Indies, they are also playing very good cricket. We are looking forward to that game, we know that it’s a big game. We can’t make any mistakes. So we have to give our best display in that game.”

Apart from Shehzad and Umar Akmal, who made 94 against Australia, no other Pakistan top-order batsman has shown any worthwhile form, but Hafeez said that wasn’t quite a major area of concern. “What is more important is your confidence level as a team. When you are playing in the nets, as a batsman you have to see how well you are playing,” said Hafeez. “The entire batting unit is in excellent touch. Confidence is important. There was a lot of talk going around about Shehzad’s form. But we backed him, he is one of the best and when he performs, he will make it a one-sided affair. We have to treat other players also in the same way and we are giving them confidence. I have gone through this and I know, a player needs some backing after one or two failures. If you have potential, you can emerge as a match-winner at any stage.”