Akram to work with Pakistan fast bowlers

Team could face a fast bowling crisis as pace talent is drying up in the country, says PCB Chief selector.


Reuters April 03, 2013
Akram would be supervising a 10-day specialised camp for fast bowlers in Karachi ahead of ICC champions trophy. PHOTO: FILE

KARACHI: The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) has turned to former captain and fast bowler Wasim Akram and will prepare special pitches for the national team ahead of the ICC Champions Trophy in England in June.

The PCB said on Wednesday that former left-arm pace bowler Akram would be supervising a 10-day specialised camp for fast bowlers in Karachi.

"Besides the national team pace bowlers some upcoming young and raw pace bowlers will also attend the camp which will be conducted by Wasim for the board," a PCB official said.

Pakistan's chief selector Iqbal Qasim recently said recently that the team could face a fast bowling crisis as pace talent was drying up in the country. His comments came after a disappointing show from the Pakistani pacers in this year's test series against South Africa in which they suffered a whitewash.

Pakistan's most experienced pace bowler Umar Gul managed just five wickets in two tests at an average of 45 as the team handed debuts to three pace bowlers including Mohammad Irfan, the lone success story of the tour, Rahat Ali and Ehsan Adil.

Akram is Pakistan's most successful fast bowler with 414 test and 502 one-day international wickets.

COMMENTS (8)

US CENTCOM | 8 years ago | Reply

It never hurts to bring a legend like Wasim Akram on board. His experience can help a great deal with the development of these players.

Ali Khan

2Ws | 8 years ago | Reply

Wasim Akram was a great bowler indeed but I doubt if he could be a good coach also, especially when we already have a specialized bowling coach with the team. Looks like that PCB is giving him money to keep silent! The same is the case with Miandad imo. Rashid Latif and Moin Khan also tried to get some benefits out Pakistan's debacle in SA, through their most ridiculous comments, but alas poor Latif could not even save his Karachi's selector-ship as his blue eyed team let him down terribly in the national T20 tournament!

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