Cricket: Hair stylist grooms budding Pakistan bowlers

By AFP
Published: April 29, 2013
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Legendary paceman Wasim Akram. PHOTO: FILE

Legendary paceman Wasim Akram. PHOTO: FILE

KARACHI: The tough-guy fast bowlers of yesteryear might not approve, but Pakistan’s budding young quicks were coached on their appearance at a training camp this week — by a hair stylist.

The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) organised the 10-day camp led by legendary paceman Wasim Akram after concerns were raised over the standard of fast bowlers coming through from the youth ranks.

As well as being drilled in technique and fitness, the players were also given a lecture by top Pakistani stylist Nabila Ahmed on how to look good off the field.

“We wanted to tell the players through Nabila’s lecture how to present yourself as a person which is very important for international players as they are ambassadors of the country,” said Wasim, who indicated that his floppy centre parting may have helped him to snare his 414 Test wickets.

“A good hairstyle and good dress add to your confidence and it can play a very good role in giving someone much-needed confidence.”

Since retiring from cricket, Wasim has become a familiar presence on TV screens, both as a cricket pundit and in advertisements, and he is keen for his young charges to learn from his slick demeanour.

“As a person you need to look presentable, which I feel has been missing in some of our players,” he said.

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Reader Comments (6)

  • Breaking Bad
    Apr 29, 2013 - 11:30PM

    These guys are lucky to have an advice from Akram the great. The athletes are truly the ambassadors for the country.

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  • Sarah
    Apr 30, 2013 - 2:43AM

    I’d rather have a cricketer who bowls and bats well than one with a good hair style…sheesh!

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  • bald guy
    Apr 30, 2013 - 9:57AM

    Let them have good control over line & length – and yes, a good lecture on issues related to match fixing is equally important. Hairstyles can wait!

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  • Waqar Saleem
    Apr 30, 2013 - 10:50AM

    @Sarah: It need not be one or the other. Hwo about a cricketer who bowls and bats well AND is presentable? Nowhere in the article was it implied that grooming should be at the cost of core skills.

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  • Ali
    Apr 30, 2013 - 11:30AM

    For young Cricketers, spend your money wisely. You can be dropped anytime.

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  • True Karachiwala
    Apr 30, 2013 - 3:13PM

    Aah ! Waseem’s evolution has not stopped. He is a true legend in his field. First rigorous training, then etertained at dinner, and then an innovative thinking of grooming the appearance of the pace battery. Nice finish of the camp.

    WI, PCB, and sponsor equally deserve kudos.

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