Pakistan news February 28, 2012

Sarfraz to work with Pakistan quicks

ESPNcricinfo staff

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 "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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  • Dummy4 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 afridi is a gud choice nt a better one as a spinner but nt as a captain.

  • dani 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 only request to the current fast bowlers is atleast listen to him !!

  • Dummy4 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...

  • Dummy4 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 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.

  • Donn 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

  • Shaun 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

  • Saeed 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.

  • shahid 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.

  • Dummy4 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 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..

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