Pakistan news February 28, 2012

Sarfraz to work with Pakistan quicks

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Sarfraz Nawaz, the former Pakistan fast bowler, will work with the current crop of quicks when the team has an informal gathering to meet the new Pakistan coach ahead of the Asia Cup. Sarfraz has been recruited as fast-bowling consultant at the National Cricket Academy in Lahore as part of the PCB's extensive plans to develop cricket through specialised coaching programmes. In that capacity, he will work with the fast bowlers in the national squad, who struggled in the limited-overs games against England in the UAE.

Sarfraz said it was apparent from the England series that some of the quicks had weaknesses that needed working on. "I don't want to name individuals, but it is obvious that there are a couple of fast bowlers who are short on confidence and need some work done on their bowling," he told Pakpassion.net. "I will take a close look at them at the camp and point a few things out to them that I have observed. I don't think the issues are serious and I am sure they will be ironed out. Sometimes with quick bowlers if they get the slightest thing wrong from a technical point of view it can hinder their bowling. Technically there are some things that can be brushed up at the moment."

The Pakistan fast bowlers played second fiddle to the spinners during the 3-0 victory in the Test series, accounting for just 12 of the 60 wickets taken. On the faster pitches prepared for the limited-overs leg of the series, they were ineffective, and expensive: all the four fast bowlers tried - Umar Gul, Junaid Khan, Wahab Riaz and Aizaz Cheema - had an economy-rate of more than 5.50 in the ODI series and more than 7.00 in the Twenty20 internationals.

Sarfraz, who played 55 Tests for Pakistan, said he could use his experience to help the fast bowlers but it was up to them to perform on the field. "Pakistan's fast-bowling resources are satisfactory, but certainly not great. I can offer the quicks advice, give them some technical suggestions too on their bowling that will help them. At the end of the day coaches can guide, advise and give players tips, then it's down to the cricketers themselves to implement those suggestions."

Over the next two years, Sarfraz will work at the national academy alongside Javed Miandad (batting consultant), Abdul Qadir (spin-bowling consultant) and Rashid Latif (wicketkeeping consultant).

Edited by Dustin Silgardo

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  • on March 2, 2012, 16:50 GMT

    i wonder on what grounds afridi is backed as a captain by the so called cricket lovers who watch and play thet game with their heart .afridi a so called swashbuckling pakistani opener once upon a time has turned to be a legspinner after 16 years of playing cricket due to his immature approach towards the game ,specially batting .his incridibilty on top of the order ,his learning approach has been very uneefeccive overall.he has learned much for 15 years which an indian or australian learns in 2 years . It is a shame that once a specialist opener is nw a spin bowler .worth to mention that jayasurya was introduce to the srilnakan cricket team as a spin bowler but due to his heroics intelligence and learning capabilty he is one the perfect openers .his record speaks fr itself in both one days and test cricket of all .or look at watson or kallis they are one of the finest allrounders the game has ever produced.so afridi is a gud choice nt a better one as a spinner but nt as a captain.

  • drdani on March 2, 2012, 13:15 GMT

    its strange that some of us r not realizing that there is somehting wrong with our fast bowlers...having said that i think pak board has atleast realized that...although m not a big fan of sarfaraz (n most of pakistanis think that hes rubbish wen coming to talking ) still i feel if he has a gift in the form of fast n swing bowling , he should be tried..my only request to the current fast bowlers is atleast listen to him !!

  • on March 1, 2012, 22:30 GMT

    not a good choice waste of money and time Pakistani bowlers are doing fine under aqib javeed we need a good batting coach only...

  • on March 1, 2012, 20:21 GMT

    LOL @ Hassan Farooqi....So let me get this straight. You are saying that whenever Pakistan won it was because of Saeed Ajmal, Abdur Rehman, etc. But as soon as Pakistan loses, it's the captain's fault? So basically, the captain is not responsible for winning matches, but as soon as the team loses, he is responsible. Good analysis mate.

  • BEN-pak on March 1, 2012, 18:04 GMT

    Great news - I remember him from years ago - that start-stop run up...he will be a great assest to the Pakistani team.

  • donn112233 on March 1, 2012, 13:58 GMT

    Sarfraz Nawas is a legend. He is the One who introduced reverse swing. I am pleased that he is hired as consultant. Good luck

  • shaunnac24 on March 1, 2012, 7:21 GMT

    Why work on bowling when the bowling is going awesome and each player needs to sit down and see what there problem was while batting as they keep repeating the same mistakes over and over again

  • CRICALLi on March 1, 2012, 3:50 GMT

    Most believe that Pak batting is relatively weak compared to the top teams; yet many expect them to beat the # 1 Team In the world all the time. Is'nt this unfair? While I would admit that both of them have room for improvement; this can only happen over time with introspection &Training. Misbah's success record is much better than any other over the last decade-check the record. Who has a better record? You cannot develop your country's cricket with pride & dignity without developing Home Grown Coaches; which cannot be done by constantly hiring foreign coaches to fix the problem at the top. Coach/Captain did not develop the greatest spin bowling attack in the world, it was cultivated at all levels of Pak cricket, but then so was poor fielding & batting. Fix your batting & fielding at the National Level first; only then you can crucify your International captain & coach for losing. Hire an International Coach as a Guide/Consultant/Trainer to Train Local Coaches at all levels.

  • Zahidsaltin on February 29, 2012, 20:53 GMT

    A very good move to bring in the legendary players of Pakistan. Can sarfraz make Gul and wahab reverse the new ball? Can he teach wahab a trick or two for bring the ball in. Sarfraz is the godfather of Pakistan fast bowling. Although a bit angry in nature, if respected and given resposibility, he will do the job. Make Rashid Latif work with Kamran Akmal, as he is the only wicketkeeper batsman available in Pakistan. I doubt that Miandad can improve older batsmen but let him polish Usman Sallahuddin, Fawad Alam, Haris Sohail, Afaq Rahim, Ramiz Raja2, Fuad Iqbal and Naved Yasin.

  • on February 29, 2012, 18:57 GMT

    opening batting is really weakkkkkkkkkkkk we need work on our opening batting and our fielding they both lack and are really technically behind the average fielding skills required to be a top international team...plus why are we going to oldies to improve our players we should try genuine proven player and coaches for these types of situations...misbah a good player but not as a captain he appoints fielding in a way that you are bound to lose the dam game he bats like as if he taking instructions from a turtle he is really slow...afridi will be a better one day and t20 captain please give him back what he deserves..

  • on March 2, 2012, 16:50 GMT

    i wonder on what grounds afridi is backed as a captain by the so called cricket lovers who watch and play thet game with their heart .afridi a so called swashbuckling pakistani opener once upon a time has turned to be a legspinner after 16 years of playing cricket due to his immature approach towards the game ,specially batting .his incridibilty on top of the order ,his learning approach has been very uneefeccive overall.he has learned much for 15 years which an indian or australian learns in 2 years . It is a shame that once a specialist opener is nw a spin bowler .worth to mention that jayasurya was introduce to the srilnakan cricket team as a spin bowler but due to his heroics intelligence and learning capabilty he is one the perfect openers .his record speaks fr itself in both one days and test cricket of all .or look at watson or kallis they are one of the finest allrounders the game has ever produced.so afridi is a gud choice nt a better one as a spinner but nt as a captain.

  • drdani on March 2, 2012, 13:15 GMT

    its strange that some of us r not realizing that there is somehting wrong with our fast bowlers...having said that i think pak board has atleast realized that...although m not a big fan of sarfaraz (n most of pakistanis think that hes rubbish wen coming to talking ) still i feel if he has a gift in the form of fast n swing bowling , he should be tried..my only request to the current fast bowlers is atleast listen to him !!

  • on March 1, 2012, 22:30 GMT

    not a good choice waste of money and time Pakistani bowlers are doing fine under aqib javeed we need a good batting coach only...

  • on March 1, 2012, 20:21 GMT

    LOL @ Hassan Farooqi....So let me get this straight. You are saying that whenever Pakistan won it was because of Saeed Ajmal, Abdur Rehman, etc. But as soon as Pakistan loses, it's the captain's fault? So basically, the captain is not responsible for winning matches, but as soon as the team loses, he is responsible. Good analysis mate.

  • BEN-pak on March 1, 2012, 18:04 GMT

    Great news - I remember him from years ago - that start-stop run up...he will be a great assest to the Pakistani team.

  • donn112233 on March 1, 2012, 13:58 GMT

    Sarfraz Nawas is a legend. He is the One who introduced reverse swing. I am pleased that he is hired as consultant. Good luck

  • shaunnac24 on March 1, 2012, 7:21 GMT

    Why work on bowling when the bowling is going awesome and each player needs to sit down and see what there problem was while batting as they keep repeating the same mistakes over and over again

  • CRICALLi on March 1, 2012, 3:50 GMT

    Most believe that Pak batting is relatively weak compared to the top teams; yet many expect them to beat the # 1 Team In the world all the time. Is'nt this unfair? While I would admit that both of them have room for improvement; this can only happen over time with introspection &Training. Misbah's success record is much better than any other over the last decade-check the record. Who has a better record? You cannot develop your country's cricket with pride & dignity without developing Home Grown Coaches; which cannot be done by constantly hiring foreign coaches to fix the problem at the top. Coach/Captain did not develop the greatest spin bowling attack in the world, it was cultivated at all levels of Pak cricket, but then so was poor fielding & batting. Fix your batting & fielding at the National Level first; only then you can crucify your International captain & coach for losing. Hire an International Coach as a Guide/Consultant/Trainer to Train Local Coaches at all levels.

  • Zahidsaltin on February 29, 2012, 20:53 GMT

    A very good move to bring in the legendary players of Pakistan. Can sarfraz make Gul and wahab reverse the new ball? Can he teach wahab a trick or two for bring the ball in. Sarfraz is the godfather of Pakistan fast bowling. Although a bit angry in nature, if respected and given resposibility, he will do the job. Make Rashid Latif work with Kamran Akmal, as he is the only wicketkeeper batsman available in Pakistan. I doubt that Miandad can improve older batsmen but let him polish Usman Sallahuddin, Fawad Alam, Haris Sohail, Afaq Rahim, Ramiz Raja2, Fuad Iqbal and Naved Yasin.

  • on February 29, 2012, 18:57 GMT

    opening batting is really weakkkkkkkkkkkk we need work on our opening batting and our fielding they both lack and are really technically behind the average fielding skills required to be a top international team...plus why are we going to oldies to improve our players we should try genuine proven player and coaches for these types of situations...misbah a good player but not as a captain he appoints fielding in a way that you are bound to lose the dam game he bats like as if he taking instructions from a turtle he is really slow...afridi will be a better one day and t20 captain please give him back what he deserves..

  • on February 29, 2012, 11:48 GMT

    We have 40% of team ready, you can always reply on Hafeez, Asad, Misbah, Afridi,Cheema, Gul to produce the goods. We need more young fast bowlers; all of us know that a fast bowler is at his peak between 18 to 26; lets make use of it then. We need a clean hitter at the opening position, a professional. It will take a decade for a player like Owaise Zia to learn and understand the game. Similar to the case of Afridi who has been playing for more than 15 years and today you can regard him as a spinner in the team. India has been producing Good bats man and fast bowlers because they have been playing against the best. We need to send our players to participate in international cricket leagues; one of the perfect example, Omar Akmal. Keep in mind we have one of the finest talents in Pakistan.

  • aqeelkk on February 29, 2012, 11:09 GMT

    the selectors have to go with youngster rather than the oldies bcoz of T20 world cup ahead....

  • aqeelkk on February 29, 2012, 10:46 GMT

    pakistan has to work on their BOWLING & FIELDING deparments....!!!!!!

  • on February 29, 2012, 10:39 GMT

    I believe that Safraz Nawaz is the perfect selection as fast bowling consultant. He is very innovative person and will trained fast bowlers correctly.

    Misbah is good for Test, but as a player. He does not deserve as a one day or t20 captain or even in the team. He has lack of aggression which is necessary of limited overs games.

  • Mr.Gibbs on February 29, 2012, 10:07 GMT

    this guy needs a hair cut

  • ALATIFUSMAN on February 29, 2012, 9:58 GMT

    WELL I WOULD LIKE WASIM ASKRAM AS A BOWLING COACH AS HE HAS JUST ONE ADVISE MADE STARC FROM ORDINARY TO EXTRAORDINARY. WHEN THIS KIND OF TALENT IS THERE WHY LOOK ELSE WHERE. ALSO A FIELDING COACH IS A MUST. LAST BUT NOT THE LEAST A SPORT PHYSCIATRIC IS NEEDED WHO CAN TRAIN THE YOUNGSTER HOW TO CONTROL THEMSELVES IN PRESSURE SITUATION AND BUILD A GOOD INNINGS.

  • on February 29, 2012, 7:08 GMT

    Well i would say a great move by PCB, i would suggest the consultants should visit the local cricket academies in all major cities. Sarfaraz may not be the best person available but he is the inventor of reverse swing

  • FarhanRockz on February 29, 2012, 6:23 GMT

    I am from India but I am fan of PAK criket team. I would like to see new captain instead of Misbah. He shoulod be included in test team only. Include Nazir, Shehzad, Nasir Jamshed & Kamran in one-day & Twenty squad. Why Farhat is getting selected everytime over this taleneted players. Hammad should be regular in one-day and twenty squad. Good to See Javed Miandad as batting coach. Wasim Akram would have good choice over Sarfarz Nawaz. May be Hafeez is good choice for One-day or twenty captain. My one-day team would be 1.Ahmed Shehzad 2. Nazir 3. Hafeez 4. Younis 5. Umar 6. Kamran 7. Afridi 8.Hammad 9.gul 10. Ajmal 11. Junaid / Cheema & Shafiq, Nasir, Wahab, can be reserved same team can play twenty matches NAsir can replace Younis Khan.. Hope pakistan will perform well in future.

  • on February 28, 2012, 17:58 GMT

    Plzzzz we need Ahmed shehzad in the team!!!!!!

  • AnotherCricketer on February 28, 2012, 17:11 GMT

    Was Wasim Akram not available? With two left-arm bowlers, and hopefully the third in Amir soon to be available, Wasim Akram may have been a better option. In fact, being on the tour chatting away and providing consulting services around the world, he should've been the top pick. PCB chair asked Mohsin about the qualifications, has Sarfaraz Nawaz finished the course work to qualify as a bowling coach?

  • TonyRai on February 28, 2012, 17:06 GMT

    very bad decision. he is the worse guy possible. no doubt he was a good bowler, but he is going to split the team in sections. he is the 'divide and rule; kind of guy. negative step. he is going to destroy the youngsters. they are talented enough. please dont spoil them. keep them away from these moral hazards pcb, please!

  • Hassan.Farooqi on February 28, 2012, 13:40 GMT

    @RANA1610: Yes it is a game of 11 players and they all did their best. It was the captain's failure that sank the boat. He unjustly took credit for test wins which were due to exceptional performances by Saeed Ajmal and Abdur Rehman. The ODI/T20 team was much more strong due to inclusion of Owais Zia, Afridi, and Shoaib Malik. However ODI was whitewashed and T20 was lost because of his captaincy. ODI and T20 is a game of nerves which Misbah does not have.

  • WAAAAAAAALLLLLLLL on February 28, 2012, 12:06 GMT

    I think PAK need to appoint experienced & qualified bowling coach on permanent basis at least for 2 years instead of trying one by one...I think coach should be young as well as AQUIB JAVED & WAQAR YOUNUS r...SARFARAZ uncle is too old & rude nature as well...SARFARAZ uncle was very famous on his time coz he was former contoversial king SHOAIB AKHTAR...he may be create some controversy for players,started politics in teams members too & break their unity as well...I think PCB need to discuss names with WHATMORE on batting & bowling coaching role...WHATMORE suggested names should be appointed as batting & bowling coach role...coz the understanding between WHATMORE & WHATMORE suggested names will definitely good & no politics involves in them...I think foreign coach is far better option coz local qualified coached r not agree to work under WHATMORE such as WAQAR,JAVED,AKRAM etc...I hope JASON GILLESPIE or WASIM AKRAM should be appointed as bowling coach & MICHAEL BEVAN as batting coach...

  • zain.ul.abideen on February 28, 2012, 11:48 GMT

    Interesting....what is the weakest area of Pakistani teams? Ans: their fielding!! Yet there is no consultant in the whole academy of PCB for fielding. These guys are 10 years behind all the other cricketing/ sports academies in the world. these old men like javed, sarfaraz and qadir can only teach old school. They are completely alien to the high levels of performance expected now a days.

  • sherishahmir on February 28, 2012, 11:13 GMT

    Pakistan team is through to rebuilding process and they have issues in their bowling and batting need to be properly address. Main concern for our team is their batting, we dont have batting talent who are technically sound and match finishers as we had in the past. Hope the steps are been taken by the PCB shall pay off in future.

  • RANA1610 on February 28, 2012, 10:07 GMT

    Why is everyone accusing misbah? This is a 11 players game. If the other players can't do anything, what he will do? See the performance of hafeez, he is continuing 1 or 0. He is still in the team. Aizaz cheema is good for nothing. Even afridi could not make run. I think misbah is ok in the sense of staying in one creeze. And that is important. He is supporting other batsman as well as he is taking singles. Think about it. There are no good first bowler like previous bowlers in this team. Same as in the batting line up. Where as the opening partnership is the most important role. But that doesn't have in the team. I think pakistan should work with opening batsmen and should collect more genuine fast bowlers. Finally i can say not to change the captain.

  • Sports4Youth on February 28, 2012, 9:22 GMT

    Rashid Latiff as Wicket Keeping consultant is a good move. But having said that i hope it does not mean that he will teach Umar Akmal how to do a part time job with the gloves. Betting bring in specialist Wicket Keeper and allow him time to grow. After all look at the time and opportunity given to Umar Akmal and i do not see any improvement at all .

  • RANA1610 on February 28, 2012, 9:08 GMT

    Why is everyone accusing misbah? This is a 11 players game. If the other players can't do anything, what he will do? See the performance of hafeez, he is continuing 1 or 0. He is still in the team. Aizaz cheema is good for nothing. Even afridi could not make run. I think misbah is ok in the sense of staying in one creeze. And that is important. He is supporting other batsman as well as he is taking singles. Think about it. There are no good first bowler like previous bowlers in this team. Same as in the batting line up. Where as the opening partnership is the most important role. But that doesn't have in the team. I think pakistan should work with opening batsmen and should collect more genuine fast bowlers. Finally i can say not to change the captain.

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  • RANA1610 on February 28, 2012, 9:08 GMT

    Why is everyone accusing misbah? This is a 11 players game. If the other players can't do anything, what he will do? See the performance of hafeez, he is continuing 1 or 0. He is still in the team. Aizaz cheema is good for nothing. Even afridi could not make run. I think misbah is ok in the sense of staying in one creeze. And that is important. He is supporting other batsman as well as he is taking singles. Think about it. There are no good first bowler like previous bowlers in this team. Same as in the batting line up. Where as the opening partnership is the most important role. But that doesn't have in the team. I think pakistan should work with opening batsmen and should collect more genuine fast bowlers. Finally i can say not to change the captain.

  • Sports4Youth on February 28, 2012, 9:22 GMT

    Rashid Latiff as Wicket Keeping consultant is a good move. But having said that i hope it does not mean that he will teach Umar Akmal how to do a part time job with the gloves. Betting bring in specialist Wicket Keeper and allow him time to grow. After all look at the time and opportunity given to Umar Akmal and i do not see any improvement at all .

  • RANA1610 on February 28, 2012, 10:07 GMT

    Why is everyone accusing misbah? This is a 11 players game. If the other players can't do anything, what he will do? See the performance of hafeez, he is continuing 1 or 0. He is still in the team. Aizaz cheema is good for nothing. Even afridi could not make run. I think misbah is ok in the sense of staying in one creeze. And that is important. He is supporting other batsman as well as he is taking singles. Think about it. There are no good first bowler like previous bowlers in this team. Same as in the batting line up. Where as the opening partnership is the most important role. But that doesn't have in the team. I think pakistan should work with opening batsmen and should collect more genuine fast bowlers. Finally i can say not to change the captain.

  • sherishahmir on February 28, 2012, 11:13 GMT

    Pakistan team is through to rebuilding process and they have issues in their bowling and batting need to be properly address. Main concern for our team is their batting, we dont have batting talent who are technically sound and match finishers as we had in the past. Hope the steps are been taken by the PCB shall pay off in future.

  • zain.ul.abideen on February 28, 2012, 11:48 GMT

    Interesting....what is the weakest area of Pakistani teams? Ans: their fielding!! Yet there is no consultant in the whole academy of PCB for fielding. These guys are 10 years behind all the other cricketing/ sports academies in the world. these old men like javed, sarfaraz and qadir can only teach old school. They are completely alien to the high levels of performance expected now a days.

  • WAAAAAAAALLLLLLLL on February 28, 2012, 12:06 GMT

    I think PAK need to appoint experienced & qualified bowling coach on permanent basis at least for 2 years instead of trying one by one...I think coach should be young as well as AQUIB JAVED & WAQAR YOUNUS r...SARFARAZ uncle is too old & rude nature as well...SARFARAZ uncle was very famous on his time coz he was former contoversial king SHOAIB AKHTAR...he may be create some controversy for players,started politics in teams members too & break their unity as well...I think PCB need to discuss names with WHATMORE on batting & bowling coaching role...WHATMORE suggested names should be appointed as batting & bowling coach role...coz the understanding between WHATMORE & WHATMORE suggested names will definitely good & no politics involves in them...I think foreign coach is far better option coz local qualified coached r not agree to work under WHATMORE such as WAQAR,JAVED,AKRAM etc...I hope JASON GILLESPIE or WASIM AKRAM should be appointed as bowling coach & MICHAEL BEVAN as batting coach...

  • Hassan.Farooqi on February 28, 2012, 13:40 GMT

    @RANA1610: Yes it is a game of 11 players and they all did their best. It was the captain's failure that sank the boat. He unjustly took credit for test wins which were due to exceptional performances by Saeed Ajmal and Abdur Rehman. The ODI/T20 team was much more strong due to inclusion of Owais Zia, Afridi, and Shoaib Malik. However ODI was whitewashed and T20 was lost because of his captaincy. ODI and T20 is a game of nerves which Misbah does not have.

  • TonyRai on February 28, 2012, 17:06 GMT

    very bad decision. he is the worse guy possible. no doubt he was a good bowler, but he is going to split the team in sections. he is the 'divide and rule; kind of guy. negative step. he is going to destroy the youngsters. they are talented enough. please dont spoil them. keep them away from these moral hazards pcb, please!

  • AnotherCricketer on February 28, 2012, 17:11 GMT

    Was Wasim Akram not available? With two left-arm bowlers, and hopefully the third in Amir soon to be available, Wasim Akram may have been a better option. In fact, being on the tour chatting away and providing consulting services around the world, he should've been the top pick. PCB chair asked Mohsin about the qualifications, has Sarfaraz Nawaz finished the course work to qualify as a bowling coach?

  • on February 28, 2012, 17:58 GMT

    Plzzzz we need Ahmed shehzad in the team!!!!!!