Cricket: Pacemen will deliver the goods, says Sarfraz Nawaz

Published: March 6, 2012
Sarfraz worked with Azam, Cheema and Riaz during a short training camp in Lahore, ironing out some of their technical flaws, as Pakistan look forward to an improved show from the fast-bowlers in the upcoming Asia Cup. PHOTOS: AFP

Sarfraz worked with Azam, Cheema and Riaz during a short training camp in Lahore, ironing out some of their technical flaws, as Pakistan look forward to an improved show from the fast-bowlers in the upcoming Asia Cup. PHOTOS: AFP


After being given the responsibility to fine-tune the skills of a struggling fast-bowling unit, former Pakistan paceman Sarfraz Nawaz has promised a better show from the pack in the upcoming Asia Cup.

Sarfraz, whose short stint included working with fast-bowlers Wahab Riaz, Aizaz Cheema and all-rounder Hammad Azam, was given the role to work with the pacemen after Aqib Javed resigned from his post of bowling coach after accepting an offer to be the UAE head coach.

Sarfraz conducted a short training camp – which will end today – at the National Cricket Academy in Lahore and said that a visible improvement will be observed when the fast-bowlers take the field in the Asia Cup.

“People will be able to tell the changes in the fast-bowlers,” Sarfraz told The Express Tribune. “I’ve worked with them on a number of aspects including removing some technical flaws.

“As far as fast-bowlers are concerned, I’m confident of a good show from them in the Asia Cup.”

Pakistan pacemen came under fire after their poor show against England where the team lost in the limited-overs leg of the series with former fast-bowler Shoaib Akhtar calling the board to hunt for fresh talent.

However, Sarfraz said that the bowlers showed improvement during the four-day camp, adding Riaz’s run-up was increased after the left-armer was seen struggling with a shorter run.

“He often looked uneven but from now on he will be bowling with a comparatively longer run-up. He has improved a lot and hopefully he will be more useful for Pakistan.”

The former fast-bowler added that Cheema and Azam have increased their pace and were impressive during the camp.

‘Misbah satisfied with improvement’

Sarfraz added that captain Misbahul Haq and Umar Akmal were also impressed with the change as they faced the pacemen during the camp.

“Misbah complained that pacers were not utilising the new balls effectively but now he’s satisfied.”

Meanwhile, as the board sought Aqib’s replacement, Sarfraz made himself unavailable for the job.  “I cannot travel with the team because of my business commitments. But I have agreed to work in honing the raw talent here.”

High hopes after Whatmore’s appointment

Pakistan hope that new coach, Australia’s Dav Whatmore, can find a magic formula to transform the country’s talented players into a team that enjoys sustained, match-winning success.

Intikhab Alam, head of the coach-hunt committee that approved Whatmore, is pinning his hopes on the Australian.

“I think the missing ‘more’ in Pakistan cricket will be achieved through Whatmore,” Alam told AFP. “I hope he’ll enhance the team’s performance, though it will take some time.” (With additional input from AFP)

Dav Whatmore

“We want to be consistent. We don’t want peaks and troughs. We want the team to be at a good level for a long period. When we’re brilliant there will be peaks, but we want to still perform and win games when we’re not brilliant.”

Intikhab Alam

“With his perfect record I hope Whatmore will enhance the team’s performance. It is the coach’s responsibility to bring more consistency, but at the end of the day it is important players also do their best and listen to the coach.”

Published in The Express Tribune, March 6th, 2012.

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Reader Comments (12)

  • Mar 6, 2012 - 1:46AM

    I am afraid dead pitches in Asia cup will put all improvements to the rest. I bet even Dale Steyn will struggle in pitches like these.


  • JJ
    Mar 6, 2012 - 3:25AM


  • Shahryar
    Mar 6, 2012 - 10:18AM

    I hope the improvements are not restricted to Asia Cup only.


  • Syed Owais
    Mar 6, 2012 - 10:20AM

    I fail to understand as why Sami has not been called up in the coaching camp?
    He is the fastest bowler available in Pakistan and that too in very good Form.
    why this discrimination against merit?


  • MAD
    Mar 6, 2012 - 11:10AM

    Personally i would like to keep the current crop far far away from Sarfaraz. Hes an attention seeker and a loose cannon


  • maestro
    Mar 6, 2012 - 12:23PM

    ICC – let M Amir back! He made a mistake and had the guts to admit it. Let him back in to the cricketing world please. He will deliver this time with honesty.


  • Ali Rafiq
    Mar 6, 2012 - 6:54PM

    @Syed Owais

    Sami has been tried numerous times in the past. His statistics are a good reflection of his poor performance in the international setup. I’d rather see the likes of Mohammad Talha in the team.


  • Pakistani First
    Mar 6, 2012 - 7:48PM

    @Syed Owais:
    Taking wickets against the club cricketers of Bangladesh does not necessarily translate into form against the bigger teams. Sami is just out and out pace, which might intimidate the amateur batsman of club cricket but to get batsman of the class of Tendulkar and Sangakara out you need swing, seam and pace and also a consistent line and length.


  • immi
    Mar 7, 2012 - 12:43AM

    @Syed Owais: man peace is not every thing you know out swinger, in swinger and swinging yorker always matters what happened to shaun tait he was the world fastest bowler what happened he is out of odi’s ……….so sami need to work on his line o length and also needs to controll his wides and no balls……….


  • Sheikh Salman
    Mar 7, 2012 - 3:52PM

    I think Pakistan need to think new way of teaching tactics, planning and mental toughness. I have a proposal that they should practice with two team 1 filled with Batsmen and 2nd filled with bowlers. Than they should be given a objectives and targets.. Like bowlers should restrict Batting team to a low total or smaller targets. vice versa to batting team… any more suggestion??? any one????


  • Sheikh Salman
    Mar 7, 2012 - 3:54PM

    @Ali Rafiq:
    Yeah i was a supporter of Sami but hes waste his talent its time to bring the new breed of bowlers who can bowl well with the new ball in ODIs. Talha is definitely one of them. as Anwar Ali and others


  • Ali.G
    Mar 7, 2012 - 4:40PM



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