Pakistan news April 5, 2013

Wasim offers help to Pakistan quicks

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Wasim Akram, the former Pakistan captain, has taken the reins of the country's fast-bowlers to help their progress. He and the PCB reached an agreement for a short-term fast-bowling camp in Karachi between April 20-29, ahead of the Champions Trophy.

Along with the camp, Wasim, with the collaboration of the PCB and a cellular company, will search for the fastest bowlers in the country. The search will be nationwide as the candidates will be selected from 8-10 cities over 5-7 days. Any bowler with a bowling speed of 140kph or more will be selected.

He will also work with Pakistan's full-time bowling coach Mohammad Akram in the national camp planned in Abbottabad, north of Islamabad, from May 3-9. "The idea is to sit and talk with the bowlers and give them confidence," Akram said. "I will assess the bowlers, find out their problems and help them to rectify them. A lot of young bowlers need some insight. I will then keep a track of them and follow them closely."

"I saw them in Test matches against South Africa they didn't impress me, but in one-day cricket they looked different and wicket taking bowlers. I have to teach them what is a good corridor, what is the right line and length. Regardless of any sort of pitches anywhere in the world, they have to be consistent in length, with yorkers, and know how to take wickets."

Akram, 46, who has been with Kolkata Knight Riders, the IPL champions, for the last three seasons, is currently in Pakistan on a two-month break. He rues the absence of Pakistan players in the IPL and believes it is a loss for the tournament. Pakistani players featured in the inaugural IPL in 2008 but India stalled all bilateral ties after the November 2008 Mumbai attack. Despite a short series between the countries in December and January, Pakistani players were not allowed to take part in the sixth edition of the IPL.

"Politics should stay away from sports, and we should play cricket," Akram added. "Our players should have gone to the IPL. I think batsman are scoring easy runs in the absence of Pakistani bowlers and our bowlers could be top wicket takers there. The psyche of Pakistan bowlers is strong, they are physical and mentally tough while Indian bowlers get spoiled within a year. They start with express pace from 140-plus but in a year go down around 130."

Umar Farooq is ESPNcricinfo's Pakistan correspondent. He tweets here

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  • sherishahmir on April 7, 2013, 5:35 GMT

    The approach of finding new fast bowlers seemed right one, if things r treated on merit with honesty and fairness there is no reason, why we can not find greats like wasim, waqar, shoaib, steyn, bret lee, donald and bond from our abundance country pool of raw fast bowlers. When we ordinary people can see the talented bowlers, playing along the roadsides of big cities i.e. Lahore, Karachi and Pindi and got wasted in the end than why legends like akram cannot discover them, the only condition is merit and justice while picking and bringing them in the right stream through the national academy. Wasim akram is the prime example of such talent who was playing in lahore as ordinary bowler and picked by sarfraz nawaz to play for Pakistan and after playing with Imran never saw back afterwards. All the best Wasim Akram and your decision to remain away from IPL 6 edition after putting the KKR as champion is appreciable.

  • t20cric on April 6, 2013, 22:12 GMT

    Pakistan should make Wasim the permanent bowling coach and they should find a very good batting coach to teach them how to bat in all different pitches. Also they should find a fielding coach who can teach the team to hold on to catches and teach the wicketkeeper how to keep. If we do all this then Pakistan will be a much stronger team. Pakistan should also prepare pitches of different variety (SA, AUS, ENG, IND, WI, NZ pitches) and have as many matches on those grounds. They can have Qaid-e-azam trophy, Faisal bank cup, PSL and all other domestic games played in these grounds so that Pakistani players can get used to playing in all types of pitches. This way the upcoming batsmen and bowlers will have amazing international debuts and Pakistan will have good future players as well.

  • dmqi on April 9, 2013, 10:48 GMT

    @kiwiRocker. I have not heard or seen in the last 40 plus years I have been following cricket that Pak teams have won only with bowlers. Even when Imran, Wasim, Waker all played together, they lost many key matches as batsmen could not back them up at critical time against strong teams. In the recent SA series, Pak was in bad need of batsmen, not bowlers, that was my point. Pak cricket has always played politics in selection and your support is to that end probably. I want the batting weakness to be fixed too. Need change in batting line, plain and simple. And that make sense to all, I hope. Wasim's tips may help the bowlers a little but can that take top 6 SA or England wickets? I doubt.

  • Jason.Bourne on April 8, 2013, 14:42 GMT

    The consistent 142-147 kph is a beauty which is no where to find soon in Pakistan. Quality is there with seam & swing but express pace has not been there since quite a time. We need someone super-fit like Muhammad Sami who can consistently touch 145kph with seam/swing. As currently all of our top-bowlers are in 130 case, he can be in limelight right away.

  • Match-winner on April 8, 2013, 12:48 GMT

    @BBrianBlair - I think it's an unfair comment because unfortunately Zaheer Khan was the only consistent fast bowler of note that India produced, & fortunately or unfortunately, he has to play in most games (88 test matches if you are talking about Test cricket), so taking close to 300 wickets is no big deal. Pakistan on the other hand have by the grace of God produced many fast bowlers in the same time period, and counting just two, Shoaib Akhtar & Umar Gul, (mentioning them because they combined have featured in almost same number of tests during Zaheer's tenure), combined between them have almost 350 wickets (with better strike rates!). This is how you can compare fast bowlers from Pak & Ind - not like you have done in terms of wickets only! You have negated your own argument about Pakistan's approach towards fast bowling because W & W, and IK bowled express & got record number of wickets! So don't make Wasim's comments anti-India because they weren't! He just highlighted an aspect

  • I_m_AKS on April 8, 2013, 10:58 GMT

    With all respect to the legend himself, Wasim Akram, I am disappointed with his comments here. How come an Indian domestic tournament have a loss without PK bowlers! I agree that PK players should play in IPL but that doesn't mean that only PK bowlers are the real match-winners. PK may have the upper-hand in bowling over IND but tell me other than Ajmal, who is not a seamer, there might be Gul & Junaid but who else is terrific enough to play in IPL? I am sorry but the franchises will never sign PK domestic bowlers over the INDs, as it's their own league. Such comments are not expected from a legend, who serves a lot in India.

  • Crick_Expert on April 8, 2013, 3:36 GMT

    A great effort from swing king Wasim Akram. PAK is full of talented players, and always produce a lot worldclass fast bowlers for the cricket world. PAK current team really needed great fast bowlers similar to 2-Ws.

  • getsetgopk on April 8, 2013, 3:20 GMT

    @Haleos: First of all, Wasim Akram is a Pakistani, if someone asks him his opinion, he has to answer it, and his answer was nothing but the fact. He is a living legend, money aside, you should be lucky that being a Pakistani he's agreed to come to India and coach your kids and should be grateful for his every advice rather than thinking that since you pay him for his services you own him altogether. Wasim if he wants, can get a coaching or whatever job in any country, Auss, NZ, SA, PK any nation would jump leaps in happiness if they can get Wasim as a coach. BUT, if you still have issues then nobody forced you to hire Wasim, why can't India find a Wasim out of 1.5 billion people?

  • BBrianBlair on April 7, 2013, 12:14 GMT

    '' The psyche of Pakistan bowlers is strong, they are physical and mentally tough while Indian bowlers get spoiled within a year. They start with express pace from 140-plus but in a year go down around 130."

    Now this is the mentality that hurts pak most. Their obsession with speed guns' reading overtakes their focus on consistency and line & length. When Wasim and Waqar retired we all thought Shoaib and Sami would lead Pakistan into the next era of success. Where is Shoaib now ? What happened to Sami ? They are prime examples of talents being wasted for short term glory of being the ''fastest'' in the world while they keep giving away so many runs. Wasim should remember Pak's World cup '03 league match against Eng when Shoaib bowled the fastest ball ever but also went for 63 runs in 9 overs and Pak lost. Wasim should remember that no Pak pacer has taken 200 test wickets since W n' W retired, while Zaheer the bowler who's often billed average by Pak experts has taken close to 300.

  • Haleos on April 7, 2013, 9:56 GMT

    As soon as he gets there he starts talking against IPL. IPL team owners have no national pride providing opputunity to earn to such people. Fyi wasim - Ur famed bowlers can also b trashed once in a while so stay There n see how much u can earn. U might loose Ur chance to earn in India.

  • sherishahmir on April 7, 2013, 5:35 GMT

    The approach of finding new fast bowlers seemed right one, if things r treated on merit with honesty and fairness there is no reason, why we can not find greats like wasim, waqar, shoaib, steyn, bret lee, donald and bond from our abundance country pool of raw fast bowlers. When we ordinary people can see the talented bowlers, playing along the roadsides of big cities i.e. Lahore, Karachi and Pindi and got wasted in the end than why legends like akram cannot discover them, the only condition is merit and justice while picking and bringing them in the right stream through the national academy. Wasim akram is the prime example of such talent who was playing in lahore as ordinary bowler and picked by sarfraz nawaz to play for Pakistan and after playing with Imran never saw back afterwards. All the best Wasim Akram and your decision to remain away from IPL 6 edition after putting the KKR as champion is appreciable.

  • t20cric on April 6, 2013, 22:12 GMT

    Pakistan should make Wasim the permanent bowling coach and they should find a very good batting coach to teach them how to bat in all different pitches. Also they should find a fielding coach who can teach the team to hold on to catches and teach the wicketkeeper how to keep. If we do all this then Pakistan will be a much stronger team. Pakistan should also prepare pitches of different variety (SA, AUS, ENG, IND, WI, NZ pitches) and have as many matches on those grounds. They can have Qaid-e-azam trophy, Faisal bank cup, PSL and all other domestic games played in these grounds so that Pakistani players can get used to playing in all types of pitches. This way the upcoming batsmen and bowlers will have amazing international debuts and Pakistan will have good future players as well.

  • dmqi on April 9, 2013, 10:48 GMT

    @kiwiRocker. I have not heard or seen in the last 40 plus years I have been following cricket that Pak teams have won only with bowlers. Even when Imran, Wasim, Waker all played together, they lost many key matches as batsmen could not back them up at critical time against strong teams. In the recent SA series, Pak was in bad need of batsmen, not bowlers, that was my point. Pak cricket has always played politics in selection and your support is to that end probably. I want the batting weakness to be fixed too. Need change in batting line, plain and simple. And that make sense to all, I hope. Wasim's tips may help the bowlers a little but can that take top 6 SA or England wickets? I doubt.

  • Jason.Bourne on April 8, 2013, 14:42 GMT

    The consistent 142-147 kph is a beauty which is no where to find soon in Pakistan. Quality is there with seam & swing but express pace has not been there since quite a time. We need someone super-fit like Muhammad Sami who can consistently touch 145kph with seam/swing. As currently all of our top-bowlers are in 130 case, he can be in limelight right away.

  • Match-winner on April 8, 2013, 12:48 GMT

    @BBrianBlair - I think it's an unfair comment because unfortunately Zaheer Khan was the only consistent fast bowler of note that India produced, & fortunately or unfortunately, he has to play in most games (88 test matches if you are talking about Test cricket), so taking close to 300 wickets is no big deal. Pakistan on the other hand have by the grace of God produced many fast bowlers in the same time period, and counting just two, Shoaib Akhtar & Umar Gul, (mentioning them because they combined have featured in almost same number of tests during Zaheer's tenure), combined between them have almost 350 wickets (with better strike rates!). This is how you can compare fast bowlers from Pak & Ind - not like you have done in terms of wickets only! You have negated your own argument about Pakistan's approach towards fast bowling because W & W, and IK bowled express & got record number of wickets! So don't make Wasim's comments anti-India because they weren't! He just highlighted an aspect

  • I_m_AKS on April 8, 2013, 10:58 GMT

    With all respect to the legend himself, Wasim Akram, I am disappointed with his comments here. How come an Indian domestic tournament have a loss without PK bowlers! I agree that PK players should play in IPL but that doesn't mean that only PK bowlers are the real match-winners. PK may have the upper-hand in bowling over IND but tell me other than Ajmal, who is not a seamer, there might be Gul & Junaid but who else is terrific enough to play in IPL? I am sorry but the franchises will never sign PK domestic bowlers over the INDs, as it's their own league. Such comments are not expected from a legend, who serves a lot in India.

  • Crick_Expert on April 8, 2013, 3:36 GMT

    A great effort from swing king Wasim Akram. PAK is full of talented players, and always produce a lot worldclass fast bowlers for the cricket world. PAK current team really needed great fast bowlers similar to 2-Ws.

  • getsetgopk on April 8, 2013, 3:20 GMT

    @Haleos: First of all, Wasim Akram is a Pakistani, if someone asks him his opinion, he has to answer it, and his answer was nothing but the fact. He is a living legend, money aside, you should be lucky that being a Pakistani he's agreed to come to India and coach your kids and should be grateful for his every advice rather than thinking that since you pay him for his services you own him altogether. Wasim if he wants, can get a coaching or whatever job in any country, Auss, NZ, SA, PK any nation would jump leaps in happiness if they can get Wasim as a coach. BUT, if you still have issues then nobody forced you to hire Wasim, why can't India find a Wasim out of 1.5 billion people?

  • BBrianBlair on April 7, 2013, 12:14 GMT

    '' The psyche of Pakistan bowlers is strong, they are physical and mentally tough while Indian bowlers get spoiled within a year. They start with express pace from 140-plus but in a year go down around 130."

    Now this is the mentality that hurts pak most. Their obsession with speed guns' reading overtakes their focus on consistency and line & length. When Wasim and Waqar retired we all thought Shoaib and Sami would lead Pakistan into the next era of success. Where is Shoaib now ? What happened to Sami ? They are prime examples of talents being wasted for short term glory of being the ''fastest'' in the world while they keep giving away so many runs. Wasim should remember Pak's World cup '03 league match against Eng when Shoaib bowled the fastest ball ever but also went for 63 runs in 9 overs and Pak lost. Wasim should remember that no Pak pacer has taken 200 test wickets since W n' W retired, while Zaheer the bowler who's often billed average by Pak experts has taken close to 300.

  • Haleos on April 7, 2013, 9:56 GMT

    As soon as he gets there he starts talking against IPL. IPL team owners have no national pride providing opputunity to earn to such people. Fyi wasim - Ur famed bowlers can also b trashed once in a while so stay There n see how much u can earn. U might loose Ur chance to earn in India.

  • HawK89 on April 7, 2013, 4:23 GMT

    Train up 4 fast bowlers to bowl like him and they can start winning by chasing down 100 runs.

  • on April 7, 2013, 3:55 GMT

    Good news. I hope that in near future legends like Wasim and Waqar could work with Pakistani players on a much long-term basis rather than short stints of 4-5 days. But we have to start somewhere so this is a good start :)

  • humairaligoher on April 7, 2013, 3:13 GMT

    we need a batting coach who can teach pakistan's player how to play 50 overs match and need proper batsman.and please get rid of these akmal brothers...

  • KiwiRocker- on April 7, 2013, 3:05 GMT

    dmqi: Your comments make no sense at all. Actually BCCI/Indian selectors are known to select based on reputations. While, Pakistani selectors have shown some good courage especially in bowling area, Irfan, Junaid, Wahab etc are good examples. Similarly, Umer Akmal, Asad Shafiq, Nasir Jamshed are good examples of showing faith in youngsters. On other hand, Tendulya seems to pick and choose whatever he wants to play. When was last time man played in a winning knock in any format. Sehwag's career is being dragged along for no reasons. Why is Raina and Yuvraj in team despite being an utter faiure in seaming conditions. Why is poor Puajara left out while Rohit SHarma an over rated batsman with suspect technique is selected. Please undertake some research before posting comments. Now, back to this article. It is good to see Wasim finally finding 'time' from his busy schedule. It is a shame that he has not accepted Pak's bowling coach offer, however, even for 1.5 millions/15 days, its good!

  • dariuscorny on April 6, 2013, 22:32 GMT

    Pak bowling is overhyped ,they were hammered by SA recently,cannot even take 20 wickets on spinfriendly wicket of 2nd test....Junaid is OK,Irfan will break down anytime,wahab the less said the better......they shud rather look for improvement in bowling......very much arrogance is this when they say Pak bowling is not a concern.well it is a concern, their bowlers struggled in tests in SA those were bowling friendly conditions.t20s are lottery cricket ,batsmen tend to go after bowlers thus generally gift their wickets,so one cannot judge a bowler in t20s...........

  • dmqi on April 6, 2013, 17:56 GMT

    Well, it is a good move but can Wasim Akram teach the Pak batsmen and all rounders to score runs. They need the right combination first. See today's news. India have dropped Shewag, Harvajan and Zaheer, 3 experienced players who were not performing. PCB needs to take a lesson from that. No training will help unless you pick up right players. Bowling is not the problem, it is batting Mr. chairman.

  • getsetgopk on April 6, 2013, 15:12 GMT

    Great move, Wasim's stint with the national side will definately help lots of youngsters. Those who disputes Wasim's assessment that easy runs are being scored in IPL need to wake up. Anyone who thinks that some other bowler should get a bowl ahead of Ajmal, Afridi, Hafeez, Gul, Junaid and Irfan in a T20 game really dont know their cricket, not even T20. These six bowlers are the best there is in this format, simple as that. Rest of the bowlers will always be second choice.

  • on April 6, 2013, 15:07 GMT

    The Monoply to control the International cricket is only temporary. How long one can try to own the organization , will get tired and that's where the true rise of cricket starts. If India thinks that on the basis of financial support they can control cricket ,no that is not going to last more. India has such a great talent that they don't need monetary solutions they have good mentors who can transform the new players in to big threats in any condition, but their constant vision of controlling the cricket on a political platform is destroying their cricket in long run. Poliics in the Sports cannot win !

  • farhan4050 on April 6, 2013, 12:17 GMT

    Surely gonna have a huge impact. Irfan and Junaid to open the bowling is a terror for any batsmen, we even saw Amla and De Velliers who are the best in the business struggling against our opening bowling. We just need to find another quality seamer who can keep it tight during the middle overs and maybe take wickets a piece. More importanly, he should know the art of reverse swing. Bowling in the middle overs for any fast bowler is tough cause the ball naturally doesn't swing and the bowler needs to put extra efforts. I'm sure Wasim bhai will keep this in mind. I hope he teaches our bowlers how to bowl yorkers. We saw our death bowling really struggling in the SA'n tour. Umar Gul used to bowl outstanding yorkers and used to reverse swing the ball by ease with the old balls, but now he is not any more the way he used to be in the WorldCup09'. Anyways best of luck Wasim bhai. We surely expect a lot from you!

  • Stark62 on April 6, 2013, 11:11 GMT

    Fantastic news!!

    Whilst on the tour of Ind, Junaid worked with Wasim for a couple of sessions and he immediately learnt the art of bringing the ball back in to the right handers, which he was not able to do previously.

    This camp will greatly improve Irfan because he'll learn to swing the ball both ways and with his height, he'll be lethal and deadly.

    Also, I hope SADAF Hussain is present at the camp because he is Pak's best bowler and with Wasim's help, he can be the no. 1 fast bowler in the world.

    Lastly, get rid of Mohammed Akram as the bowling coach because he is clueless and isn't having much of an impact, heck I'll even take Akhtar as the bowling coach over him.

  • Syed_imran_abbas on April 6, 2013, 9:33 GMT

    Good step. i hope they find some good bowlers. junaid khan, irfan, eshan adil and anwar ali try to get best out of it. They should arrange a session with waqar as well that will help right handers as well. I hope some new talent comes out as well as Pakistan never had talent shortage in fast bowling.

  • on April 6, 2013, 9:27 GMT

    PCB should also do something about main problem and that is batting. still no sign of batting coach or camps.

    For bowlers, this will be good and wasim will help them a lot

  • Captain_Tuk_Tuk on April 6, 2013, 8:51 GMT

    Ofcourse it would have been tougher to score against Pakistani bowlers in Indian conditions. Even a coach from Pakistan made Sunrisers Hyderabad defend 126 who weren't able to defend 180+ last years I remember team with almost same players called Deccan Chargers. So Pakistani bowling makes lots of difference, I agree with Wasim we have best bowling attack in Asia and best bowling attack in the world along with SA who are good in their own conditions so are we, so SA and Pak both have number 1 bowling attack in the world in my point of view.

  • JohnnyRook on April 6, 2013, 7:39 GMT

    @Artilleros. Even though your comments deserve only responses like "Haha..ICC penalizing BCCI....thats funny" or "IPL is Indian tournament. We will invite whoever we wanna invite" or even "This is what we will do. Go, do what you can do.", here is the truth for you. No one has banned Pakistan players from IPL. Teams are just no interested because of the animosity between two countries. India is interested in no relationship with Pakistan whch is loads better than having a hositle relationship. And by the way, it was the great Ejaz Butt who banned pak players from participating in IPL because franchises didn't select any player from Pak. So peace out.

  • Artilleros on April 6, 2013, 6:53 GMT

    Finally PCB did something right.I saw the PCB chairman say a year ago that Wasim should apply for the job and they(PCB) would look into it.Wasim on the other hand was saying that if the PCB approaches him then he would really offer his help for Pakistan anytime.Instead of this approach PCB should have begged Wasim for his service , they should have knocked on his door everyday begging that they really believe that he is a legend and would do wonrders for Pakistani bowlers.

    2)IPL seems quiet boring since Pakistani players were banned from participating.ICC should come out of BCCI's pockets and say India is wrong to do this and should be penalized.

  • on April 6, 2013, 6:48 GMT

    @Jack Napier..show me one batsman barring AB who openly hit boundaries against Pak bowlers. dont moan on ur performances in ur own country..just look what happened to eng in uae and oz in india...same feat is going to be repeated in uae this winter when ajmal and rehman will blast ur ageing smith kallis, novice elger, duplesses [who was clueless againt ajmal even in SA, his career is going to be destroyed in uae].. and ur padestrian 122 km/h philander will be a laughing stock in sub continent!!!

  • SaadRocx on April 6, 2013, 6:26 GMT

    Those who are saying that Pakistan should not be worried about their Bowling attack and should hire batting coach or bla bla...The Thing is you need to take 20 wickets in (Tests) and 10,10 (In ODI and T20's) to win the game...If Pak bowling attack was good then we should not have got hammered in SA (Tests) and ODI's where SA scored 345+ in 1 ODI, and 315+ in first ODI...A Batting coach cannot improve the natural technique of a batsman!

  • on April 6, 2013, 6:13 GMT

    Wasim Akram says "Batsmen are scoring easy runs in IPL in the absence of Pakistani bowlers." well we say what the Pakistani bowlers did in the series against SA.

  • Malik_Iftikhar on April 6, 2013, 5:51 GMT

    @ Hiren Patel In SA Pakistani Bowlers bowled v well they r young Muhammad Irfan was Playing his 1st test as well as Ehsan Adil Junaid Also 1st time in South africa What Pakistani can do in india you already saw in ODIs in india Hitting against Saeed Ajmal and Muhammad Irfan is not easy

  • on April 6, 2013, 5:27 GMT

    Wasim Akram is a good bowler. He won the 1992 B&H world cup for Pakistan. He can successfully make good bowlers for Pakistan. V. Bhagirath Kumar, KP, Hyderabad, India.

  • umairasgharbutt on April 6, 2013, 4:09 GMT

    we need batting coach, for God's sake get it before CT

  • RaadQ on April 6, 2013, 3:51 GMT

    Hopefully Akram can help the bowlers improve their swing skills and wrist position in general, particularly Junaid/Irfan/Riaz. He has done wonders for other left armers such as Starc and Zaheer Khan, as well as Pathan.

  • KiwiRocker- on April 6, 2013, 3:08 GMT

    I agree with Wasim Akram that Pakistani bowlers have physical advantages as compared to Indian bowlers, but at end of the day it may be a financial loss for Pakistani bowlers but it is cricket and Indian public that is losing. Wasim Akram is being paid 1.5 millions for this camp. I am very disappointed. I grew up watching Wasim Akram and even though I did not find him as amazing bowler as he is made out to be, he is still the third best Pakistani fast bowler along with Imran Khan, Waqar Younis and so on. Waism Akram needs to make a living and no doubt about that but instead of going around and providing tips to 'weak' Indian bowlers, Pakistan should be his priority. He always makes excuses of being too busy and now is charging a fortune for his services.I hope Wasim Akram gives back some of the affection and love he received and continues receiving from Pakistani fans. PCB wanted him to be a bowling coach, but he made excuses of being busy with media comittments. It is a real shame!

  • alipaki on April 6, 2013, 2:41 GMT

    I think Waqar Younus is alot better choice then Waseem or such assignments.

  • on April 6, 2013, 2:18 GMT

    So much talk of Wasim & Waqar; how about asking Sarfaraz Nawaz, the guy who taught Imran Khan the art of the swing to also pitch in. Could we through these columns the Great Khan himself to drop by the coaching camp one afternoon and cheer up the boys. It will do wonders for their morale.

    By the way, whats the update on Mohammad Amir?

  • syed.r.karim on April 6, 2013, 2:04 GMT

    Akram should work on Pakistan selector rather to pick talent, why the most talented Sadaf Hossain has been excluding for every occasion.

  • OO9 on April 6, 2013, 1:19 GMT

    Pakistani bowlers are the best in the world, Every country batsmen scared from them. Indian batsman are very much scared with pakistani bowlers. This might be one of the reason they are not picking pakistani players in IPL. Pakistani players can turn the game anytime because Pakistani players are unpredictable

  • MichealT on April 6, 2013, 1:06 GMT

    They should be looking for batsman. Hire Ponting or Kallis and find some quality batsman.

  • on April 5, 2013, 23:45 GMT

    I think what Pak needs is some coaching on their Batting....bolwers cant defend no matter how good they are when you dont have runs on board...

  • sanjaycrickfan on April 5, 2013, 22:25 GMT

    If Pak bowlers play in IPL, are you saying nobody can score runs against them ? What happened to them in South Africa where they were demolished and looked below average. Dont talk about unnecessary things and create controversy Mr. Akram.

  • on April 5, 2013, 22:05 GMT

    Damn somehow he is try as u can see that our most under-rated bowler was the wicket taking leading bowler in first edition of IPL so no argue on that and yeah 2ndly hope he will give more tips to junaid so he can bowl in and out swingers in deptth over too he is really missing that :) and i think they should keep amir with them and teach him to as he will come back in 2015. Well wasim bhai srsly u should stick with all they new players and train them and PCB srsly its a nice step and now plz hiree yousuf saeed anwar miandad inzi to find young bloods to recover our battng problems plz

  • desiboy454 on April 5, 2013, 21:10 GMT

    lol did Akram see the game today, 127 & 104 scored.. Australia chased 194 in a semi final against them. I agree Gul, afridi n Ajmal are very good bowlers, esp in t20s, but that doesnt mean everyone scores easy because they are not there. Narine, Malinga, Steyn, ashwin, these are some very good t20 bowlers.

    I respest akram a lot but the comment about easy runs is really stupid. I still agree some of the pakistanis should be in the IPL, Gul, Ajmal, Junaid, yasir arifat, Akmal bros, Afridi, hafeez, razzaq, thats about it.

  • on April 5, 2013, 21:00 GMT

    Bangladesh needs good quicks desperately. Like the PCB we should hire Wassem or Waqar for short training camps; let them train younger prospects. These 2 Ws are geniuses as far as fast bowling is concerned and they should be given this opportunity to share their secrets and skills with the next generation. These men are professionals; pay them well and they will be happy to help. I hope the Bangladesh top honchos are listening.

  • on April 5, 2013, 20:45 GMT

    of i dont know how many more bowlers , I know wasim Bayi is a perfect trainer but pakistan needs batsman , Why dont they see it , pakistan is perfect with bowling but they need fresh blood for batting i am not pakistani but i really support pakistan team , i hope they bring some new talents ,

  • Johnjoy on April 5, 2013, 20:38 GMT

    Come on Pakistan.... I ve always loved ur fast bowler.... get someone like Akhtar and blast the stumps...!! AKRAM is the best.... btw..I am an Indian and love pakistan fast bowling.

  • farhan4050 on April 5, 2013, 20:26 GMT

    Before Indians start criticizing his words, I've personally met Wasim bhai and he is very very straightforward. In one case he asked me what grades did you get and I replied with 4a's. He said work hard otherwise you're life is ruinded, half of it is already ruined. I was like what the hell but he right which i later realised.

    And rightly so, India don't have fast bowlers. You saw how easily overseas batsmen scores even in a bowling paradise against Indian pace attack. So please don't began a fight here.

  • t20cric on April 5, 2013, 19:49 GMT

    With Wasim Akram's help Junaid, Irfan and Umar Gul/Wahab will be unstoppable and it will be tough to beat Pakistan when Wasim teaches the fast bowlers some tricks. Now if only they could get the batting equivalent of Wasim to teach Pakistan how to bat then they would be the top team. But Wasim should teach the fast bowlers how to bowl as good in tests as well because they were completely different then and couldn't ever get much wickets.

  • on April 5, 2013, 19:33 GMT

    I think PCB should keep him as a full time bowling coach. He will definitely produce effective results and shape up the bowling department of Pakistans cricket... wish...

  • munafmirza on April 5, 2013, 19:23 GMT

    Every time PAK arrange a camp, they find someone with pace.. I hope they discover one or two great prospects.. Pakistan team without genuine pace looks weak..

  • ameen786 on April 5, 2013, 19:16 GMT

    This is a Great News thank God atlast Wasim bhai have agreed to train the fast Bowlers,i am sure the young bowlers will learn a lot from his experience.

    Likes of Junaid,Irfan,Adil,Anwar Ali,Umar Gull,and wahab raiz will learn a lot from him. Also Thanks to PCB to bring Wasim Bhai,we request him to come again before 2015 world cup to give good tips. Long Live Wasim bhai A great legend ....

  • zarasochozarasamjho on April 5, 2013, 18:59 GMT

    What is Wasim talking about - seriously? What, Mohammad Irfan didn't impress in the 2 tests he played. I suggest Wasim watches the recordings of the 2nd and 3rd tests. PCB politics did not allow Irfan to participate in the first test.

  • bumsonseats on April 5, 2013, 18:52 GMT

    they cannot get a better guy than WA. he was a great bowler and a red rose player in the UK

  • maria_01 on April 5, 2013, 18:42 GMT

    wellcome news for quick bowlers.......surely helpful for them if they take it seriously....

  • on April 5, 2013, 18:23 GMT

    Good news. Thanks Mr. Akram. I am sure lots of my Pakistani bros will be very happy with this.

  • on April 5, 2013, 18:23 GMT

    Good news. Thanks Mr. Akram. I am sure lots of my Pakistani bros will be very happy with this.

  • maria_01 on April 5, 2013, 18:42 GMT

    wellcome news for quick bowlers.......surely helpful for them if they take it seriously....

  • bumsonseats on April 5, 2013, 18:52 GMT

    they cannot get a better guy than WA. he was a great bowler and a red rose player in the UK

  • zarasochozarasamjho on April 5, 2013, 18:59 GMT

    What is Wasim talking about - seriously? What, Mohammad Irfan didn't impress in the 2 tests he played. I suggest Wasim watches the recordings of the 2nd and 3rd tests. PCB politics did not allow Irfan to participate in the first test.

  • ameen786 on April 5, 2013, 19:16 GMT

    This is a Great News thank God atlast Wasim bhai have agreed to train the fast Bowlers,i am sure the young bowlers will learn a lot from his experience.

    Likes of Junaid,Irfan,Adil,Anwar Ali,Umar Gull,and wahab raiz will learn a lot from him. Also Thanks to PCB to bring Wasim Bhai,we request him to come again before 2015 world cup to give good tips. Long Live Wasim bhai A great legend ....

  • munafmirza on April 5, 2013, 19:23 GMT

    Every time PAK arrange a camp, they find someone with pace.. I hope they discover one or two great prospects.. Pakistan team without genuine pace looks weak..

  • on April 5, 2013, 19:33 GMT

    I think PCB should keep him as a full time bowling coach. He will definitely produce effective results and shape up the bowling department of Pakistans cricket... wish...

  • t20cric on April 5, 2013, 19:49 GMT

    With Wasim Akram's help Junaid, Irfan and Umar Gul/Wahab will be unstoppable and it will be tough to beat Pakistan when Wasim teaches the fast bowlers some tricks. Now if only they could get the batting equivalent of Wasim to teach Pakistan how to bat then they would be the top team. But Wasim should teach the fast bowlers how to bowl as good in tests as well because they were completely different then and couldn't ever get much wickets.

  • farhan4050 on April 5, 2013, 20:26 GMT

    Before Indians start criticizing his words, I've personally met Wasim bhai and he is very very straightforward. In one case he asked me what grades did you get and I replied with 4a's. He said work hard otherwise you're life is ruinded, half of it is already ruined. I was like what the hell but he right which i later realised.

    And rightly so, India don't have fast bowlers. You saw how easily overseas batsmen scores even in a bowling paradise against Indian pace attack. So please don't began a fight here.

  • Johnjoy on April 5, 2013, 20:38 GMT

    Come on Pakistan.... I ve always loved ur fast bowler.... get someone like Akhtar and blast the stumps...!! AKRAM is the best.... btw..I am an Indian and love pakistan fast bowling.