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Talha, Sohail Khan reap benefits of camp

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July 15, 2011

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Pakistan fast bowlers Mohammad Talha and Sohail Khan have said they have made significant improvements to their game at the ongoing two-week emerging players camp being held at the National Cricket Academy in Lahore.

Talha, whose only Test cap for Pakistan came in the game that was unfortunately abandoned due to the attack on the Sri Lanka team bus, said the camp was helping him correct some of his mistakes. "Camps like this should take place more often, to give bowlers a fair opportunity to rectify their mistakes and enhance their ability," Talha told the Express Tribune. Sarfraz Nawaz, the former Pakistan fast bowler and now mentor at the camp, had said he was impressed with Talha but there were some problems with his follow through. Talha said he had benefited from Sarfraz's advice.

"Sarfaraz Nawaz has given us various tips which will help us improve. I hope to be considered for the national side when I sign off from the camp, as I want an opportunity to prove myself."

Sohail was also optimistic about his chances of getting back into the Pakistan squad. He, like Talha, has played only one Test for Pakistan, in which he failed to pick up a wicket. Sohail put his poor debut down to fitness concerns and said the camp had helped him grow stronger. "Many players have faced similar situations in the past, but the coaches at the camp are helping me get fully fit through various useful methods. I am now 100% fit to play international cricket."

Sohail also said he could benefit from the recent rule-change in ODIs mandating the use of two new balls, one from each end. "I have been bowling a lot faster with a new ball. In fact, I have always preferred to use a new ball, as reverse swing has never been one of my priorities."

Pakistan's next assignment is a tour to Zimbabwe beginning in August after which they host Sri Lanka in the UAE. Sohail, who was the leading wicket-taker in the recently concluded Faysal Bank Super Eight T20 Cup, and Talha, who had an impressive first-class season, will both be on the selectors' radar.

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Posted by   on (July 17, 2011, 20:30 GMT)

Agreed with all of you! both of them needs to learn swing if they want success at international level. For selection of national team, the time has come for PCB to realise the importance of experienced players over under-19 kid. Our major concern is batting after since the departure of Saeed Anwar, Inzimam-ul-Haq and even Younus khan in recent times. PCB has consistently failed to find good replacement players just because of their disgusting selection strategy. Upper order(1,2 and even 3) and middle order(4 and 5) should not be experienced by the under-19 kid any more like we have seen every other team has a specialist at the crucial positions. But in case of Pakistan we have a young under-19 kid at crucial positions and we expect him to do the world of good for Pakistan cricket on the given day. This is totally unfair with the player and more importantly with Pakistan Cricket.

Posted by   on (July 16, 2011, 15:22 GMT)

i would like to believe that selectors at pcb will take note of the show of talent they saw in faysal bank n this camp. However i think these young players need to be trained more psychologically because we've already seen a few players who have failed badly in internationals while in domestics they were on top, the pressure of playing international is way to much to be handled by these young guys, so they should be trained psychologically as welli would like to believe that selectors at pcb will take note of the show of talent they saw in faysal bank n this camp. However i think these young players need to be trained more psychologically because we've already seen a few players who have failed badly in internationals while in domestics they were on top, the pressure of playing international is way to much to be handled by these young guys, so they should be trained psychologically as well

Posted by smartguy786 on (July 16, 2011, 5:10 GMT)

I think its a great camp for the bowlers to learn and gain experience from the masters. What about the Batsman no camp for them, i think currently they are the weakest link if the World cup is any pointer.

Posted by   on (July 15, 2011, 22:49 GMT)

Talha and Sohailhave decent pace to operate at the domestic level, but in order to succeed at the international level, they will need to get the ball to swing. We have seen pacier bowlers like (shaun tait, brett lee, mohammad sami, etc) get hammered because of lack of swing in their bowling. Brett Lee's recent return gave him success because now he is starting to focus on swinging the ball more as oppose to just bowl fast. This is a batsman's game, and if bowlers want to do well, they must learn to swing the ball, bowl slower bouncers, off-cutters, leg-cutters..etc.

Posted by touqeer777 on (July 15, 2011, 13:42 GMT)

Talha and sohail both r very good bowlers.I think both of them should be select for Zim. Tour in August.let see what happen.We have good talent in bowling.but main concern is batting.I think real batting talent is only umer akmal and asad shafique,other all new batsmen all r struggling.I think they should also select new wicketkeeper jaleel anwar from Rwp Rams.he is very good batman and keeper but depends on the selectors.I think they should give chances to new kids that increase the competition and we will have more back up for each players like india have thats why india is number one team.

Posted by   on (July 15, 2011, 11:45 GMT)

sohail khan, cheema like bowlers are fit for domestic arena. they dont have the capacity to play international level. PCB should have invited those bowlers who have pace, aggression and talent not like sohail khan and company..

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