Great word of advice: Wasim Akram suggests boot camp for Pakistan team

By AFP
Published: April 10, 2014
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"For me the only worry is the 2015 World Cup will be totally different as grounds in Australia and New Zealand require great expertise and good preparation," Wasim said. PHOTO: ONLINE

"For me the only worry is the 2015 World Cup will be totally different as grounds in Australia and New Zealand require great expertise and good preparation," Wasim said. PHOTO: ONLINE

KARACHI: Pakistani cricket  legend Wasim Akram on Thursday said that players heading for the 2015 World Cup in Australia and New Zealand should sweat it out at a boot camp to boost their chances of victory.

Pakistan are in Group B of the World Cup alongside arch-rivals India, South Africa, the West Indies, Ireland, United Arab Emirates and Zimbabwe.

They open their campaign against India at Adelaide on February 15.

To prepare for the challenges ahead, Wasim suggested a boot camp.

“Since Pakistan have no cricket until October (against Australia in the United Arab Emirates) they must hold a boot camp on hilly areas just like Australia do when they go into an Ashes series,” Wasim told AFP.

The former skipper said that the country’s cricket administrators need to concentrate on improving fielding and fitness.

“For me the only worry is the 2015 World Cup will be totally different as grounds in Australia and New Zealand require great expertise and good preparation,” Wasim told AFP.

Declared player of the tournament for his 18 wickets in Pakistan’s World Cup triumph in Australia and New Zealand in 1992, Wasim said it would be best to go to Australia early.

“I remember we went to Australia three weeks before the event and it helped us a lot,” said Wasim.

“The grounds in Australia need adapting to because if you are not used to them you tend to injure yourself.”

Wasim said that the Pakistani team also needs to improve their fielding.

“When I am away I always ask experts to help Pakistan and recently I talked to Jonty Rhodes who is ready to help Pakistani players in fielding for a short period,” said Wasim of the South African, regarded as one of the best fielders of his time.

Wasim also added that Pakistan should forget the panic over their World Twenty20 flop in Bangladesh recently.

“Australia and England also lost in the Super-10 stages but there was no panic like here in Pakistan. We took it to our hearts and the captain had to step down,” said Wasim, referring to Pakistan’s Twenty20 captain Mohammad Hafeez’s resignation.

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Reader Comments (2)

  • Syed
    Apr 10, 2014 - 10:29PM

    There should be a boot camp before every big series. But every player especially national contract player with lots of money should invest in themselves both from training and PR point of view and have a personal manager who manages their training, practice diet and media interaction.

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  • Abdul Lateef
    Apr 11, 2014 - 1:57AM

    Absolutely spot on Mr. Waseem akram..we need to focus on the preparation for the upcoming world cup as we got some spare time with us now and we can easily focus on the praparation. PCB should consider new faces in coming tours so that they can have more talent explored before the big tournament. Players like Imad Wasim, Sadaf Hussain(Left Arm Fast), Raza Hassan(Slow left arm), Muhammad Rizwan(WK),Haaris Sohail, Usman Salahuddin,Imamul Haq,Sami Aslam, Ehsan Adil, Usman Qadir(LBG)..and so on.
    Even onme last try for Muhammad Aamir’s return…
    We need to get rid of old faces like Sohail Tanveer, Umer Gul, Shoaib Malik, Kamran Akmal..they are consitently picked-up and playing without any noticeable performance. PCB should be questioned..besides that we need to groom a new captain and we got Sami Aslam or Ahmad Shahzad.

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