Pakistan news July 13, 2011

Sarfraz impressed by fast bowling talent

ESPNcricinfo staff

The ongoing two-week emerging players camp at the National Cricket Academy in Lahore has helped iron out flaws in promising quick bowlers, former Pakistan fast bowler Sarfraz Nawaz said. He was impressed with five of the bowlers during the camp, featuring current Test players and youngsters with the potential to represent Pakistan.

"There is a lot of competition at the camp, and friendly rivalry. Mohammad Talha has impressed me, as have Sohail Khan, Tanvir Ahmed and Sohail Tanvir, who is an improving bowler. Aizaz Cheema, who is deceptively quick, has also impressed me," he told "All of these boys have a lot of potential."

Talha - who has played one Test match in early 2009 - had an issue with his follow-through, said Sarfraz, which he worked on at the camp. "There is a lack of coordination with his [Talha's] body in the follow through. He was stopping abruptly. I've told him to put all his weight down on his front foot, release the ball when his front leg straight, rather than bent as he is doing now. He has not been getting the impetus upon delivery, as his front knee was bent when he released the ball. Since we've spoken to him, he is hitting the deck a lot harder."

He has also worked on issues that Sohail Khan, who has played one Test and four ODI's, had with his grip. "When he was releasing the ball, the way he was holding the ball was not ideal. [But] Already we can see improvements.

The camp had the bowlers working with the red ball through week one. This week the focus is on the white ball with an eye on the rule change in one-day cricket that comes into effect in October. The bowlers will be coached in dealing with the "reduced chance of reverse swing in the 50-over format" that the new rule entails, Sarfraz said. "[We will] ensure that the bowlers are getting advice to better prepare them for all formats of the game."

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  • Ahsan on July 16, 2011, 15:15 GMT

    I think PCB spending on fast bowlers who are coming of their age, except Talha all of them have reached their 27th year of age. Junaid Khan, Muhammad Rameez, Sadaf Hussain could be the better choice instead of Sohail Tanvir, Tanvir Ahmed & Aizaz Cheema. Umar Gul & Wahab Riaz combined with three young fast bowlers will give Pakistan a fair choice to deal with in the next 10-12 years. Also, we are hoping for Muhammad Amir return after 2015 WC if not Muhammad Asif.

  • Faizan on July 15, 2011, 9:18 GMT

    Lets make Pakistan cricket team an OLDIES 11. I mean the captain is 36 and now they are grooming players like Tanveer Ahmed and Aizaz Cheema. If they had talent by now these guys would've had 100 wickets in the international arena. They are in their 30's. PCB should have opted to groom youngsters. Where are the young talented players who performed well in the T20 competition. Jamal Anwar from Pindi, technincally sound batsman and a good keeper and the second highest run getter in the t20 tournament should be groomed. Jamal Anwar, Rameez Raja, Sharjeel Khan, Sadaf Hussain, Junaid Khan, Raza Hasan, Hammad Azam are the future with Sohail Tanvir being groomed as future CAPTAIN.

  • Dummy4 on July 14, 2011, 16:11 GMT

    hey they are shutting news of the world down. They all would be talented but there is no match to aamir and aasif.

  • Dummy4 on July 14, 2011, 16:01 GMT

    There is no lack of talent in this country. The problem lies with how the board uses this talent and sustains it. Unfortunately, that has never been PCB's priority. Mohammed Aamer - a perfect example of extreme talent going down the drain.

  • Dummy4 on July 14, 2011, 4:22 GMT

    Hay where is Muhammad Irfan

  • zain on July 13, 2011, 15:11 GMT

    i want hear from the spinners camp which qadir was leading. They must of put raza in that. They're not many chinamen so if raza come in the national team he'll probably confuse batman with his left armv spin. I'm surprised of the way sarfraz worked with old guys. Talha was a good choice and sohail khan should also deserves a spot but why people like aizaz cheema he's pretty old. They should this attention towards people like sadaf hussain and asad ali . Look at how well junaid is improving with lancs. If he gets another chance he'll do much better.

    Also they should also make this time of camp for batsman too. Pakistan does have the talent. asad and rameez raja can replace misbah and younis. These guys just need to be handled properly and soon they'll be first class.

  • P Subramani on July 13, 2011, 12:21 GMT

    Pakistan will always have fast bowlers. Excellent ones at that. That is because the youngsters have a role models like Imran Khan and Wasim Akram who were great cricketers and handsome men as well. Youngsters aspire to be the same. That apart, in Pakistan there are lesser distractions. The glory attained on the cricket field and playing for the country is the ultimate recognition.At least for most of them till they have become stars and have remained unaffected by the lure of money. However as someone pointed out, Pakistan needs the Inzammams and the Yousuf Yohanas the Younis' and the Miandad's to enable them to return to the glory they aspire for. Not eleven fast bowlers.Sarfaraaz was a great bowler no doubt. The man who taught Imran and the others the art of reverse swing and irregular ball movement as well. That was not noticed in the early days.But cricket has moved on since and others too are wiseer than before.I wish he would bring in the desired level of itegrity in his wards.

  • Stark on July 13, 2011, 12:13 GMT


    With the exception of Talha, most of the guys mentioned are old!

    Talha is a mediocre bowler and his FC record proves my point. But where are the names of Sadaf Hussain, Mohammad Rameez and Rizwan Akbar?

    Are they training talent or mediocre and old players!

  • Owais on July 13, 2011, 11:54 GMT

    I wish a technically correct batsmen could so many more similar camps for batsmen. Its here Pakistan needs fresh faces who can deliver on consistent basis. As for fast bowling, thanks to late Fazal Mehmood, Sarfaraz, Imran, Wasim and Waqar, we have lots of kids taking up this demanding task. Its batting where we need some extra ordinary effort.

  • Amjad on July 13, 2011, 10:45 GMT

    Best of luck guys. You are Pakistan's future...

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