Old and new to measure up their pace with Whatmore

Published: April 27, 2012

Sami’s call-up to the training camp might signal a return to the national squad after months in the wilderness. PHOTO: AFP

KARACHI: The selection committee has invited 12 fast-bowlers to appear in a training camp to be supervised by coach Dav Whatmore at the National Cricket Academy (NCA) in Lahore.

Mohammad Sami, who last played for Pakistan in 2010, has been called for the camp following a good all-round show this domestic season. Rao Iftikhar Anjum, who has been overlooked since the winless tour of Australia in 2009-10, has also been asked to attend the camp. Anwar Ali, Pakistan under-19’s hero, is also part of the list as he awaits a Test and One-Day International debut.

Left-arm pacer Junaid Khan, who missed Pakistan’s Asia Cup campaign due to injury, Sohail Khan, Mohammad Khalil, Bilawal Bhatti , Mohammad Talha, Tabish Khan, Sadaf Hussain, Rahat Ali and Imran Khan are the other bowlers who will be present in the camp.

“The selection committee has recommended these names for the training camp,” chief selector Iqbal Qasim told The Express Tribune. “The purpose of holding the camp is to show their skills to Whatmore. It will help him assess our backup strength. These are the bowlers who we believe have the potential to make the cut in the future. Those who have already played for Pakistan are selected on the basis of their domestic performance.”

Sami hopes to impress

Meanwhile, Sami, who shone on his return to the side in the Test series against Australia, said he was enjoying the form he was in and confident ahead of the camp.

“It’s a huge opportunity for me,” said Sami. “I am working hard and hopefully I’ll show my form in the camp.”

However, it remains to be seen whether Sami and Tabish will be able to appear in the opening stages of the camp as they are scheduled to take part in the Patrons Trophy Grade II final for Port Qasim Authority from April 29.

Published in The Express Tribune, April 27th, 2012.

Reader Comments (5)

  • Kashif Shams
    Apr 27, 2012 - 1:51AM

    Sami is a tied bowler and he has always disappointed with his miss directed deliveries. I think we have sufficient talent to introduce in International arena.

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  • Waqas
    Apr 27, 2012 - 10:36AM

    @Kashif Shams: Tottaly agreed, he has been given lots of chances but he never proved that he deserved a place in national team

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  • Dhinkachika
    Apr 27, 2012 - 1:50PM

    Simply speaking, Pakistan has got the talent but not proper nerves. All pacers in Pakistan domestic and international teams are extremely talented but when playing, they can get heated up and use mere pace to undo the batsman. Same with Sami, Same with Shoaib, Same with Gul and Same with others. What we need is a Bowler who is calm, collected and clever. Just Talent is not enough…

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  • sana
    Apr 27, 2012 - 3:47PM

    why didn’t they invite zia-ul-haq

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  • A.S.Ahamed Farooq
    Apr 27, 2012 - 7:53PM

    we are really pleased to learn that Dave Whatmore has committed himself to prove that his appointment as the Head Coach of Pakistan cricket is justified and beneficial to Pakistan.He has set about assessing,training and coaching the Pakistani cricketers with dedication and conscience to help them become better players.His expertise and skill as an International coach bound to lift Pakistan cricket to a higher plane.Sri Lanka tour of Pakistan will be a challenge to Dave Whatmore to prove his worth.Going by the initiatives he has already taken we are sure he will come out with flying colours.It was under Dave Whatmore that Sri Lanka cricket progressed rapidly and went on to win the World Cup in 1996.He undeniably played a pivotal role in that victory of Sri Lanka.He is capable of moulding the talented and skillful Pakistani players to become world beaters and possibly guide them to win the next one day World Cup much to the delight of Zaka Ashraff.

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