Pakistan news April 20, 2013

'I'm not a magician' - Akram

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Wasim Akram has said he will encourage Pakistan's latest breed of fast bowlers to adopt an aggressive approach in order to be successful but he can't magically bring rewards.

Akram, a former captain, has started working with the country's quicks after coming to a short-term agreement with the PCB. He commenced a 10-day training camp at the National Stadium in Karachi for 18 of Pakistan's top fast bowlers, including members of the national team and some new, raw talent.

The camp was set up ahead of the Champions Trophy in June in England and Akram said that the change to regulations in one-day cricket were tough for bowlers.

"You need to be aggressive and learn how to adapt to these rule changes. Pakistani bowlers have a lot of talent but they need to learn and adapt to the demands of international cricket.

"With the change in ODI cricket, that you can't keep more than four fielders outside the circle in a 50-over match at any time, and the rising popularity of T20 cricket means pace bowlers now need to be more adaptable.

"I will advise these bowlers that to be successful in this scenario, aggression is a must with top grade fitness, pace and the ability to have length variation. T20 cricket has changed the mentality of batsmen. The odds are stacked against the bowlers. First I will tell them how to swing the ball, then reverse swing and how to make use of the yorkers.

"I am not a magician able to work wonders in ten days but I will try my level best to help them in phases and hope that the same training camp is staged after a break of three to four months," he added. "I will be there in the camp and then at the Champions Trophy so will do my best to help them to learn and mature."

Prior to the Champions Trophy, Pakistan will tour Scotland and Ireland to play a two-match ODI series each. After the South Africa tour which ended in March there is feeling prevailing around the country that Pakistan's pace-bowling resources are declining but Akram is not too concerned about the future."

"I don't think it's a serious concern. The talent is definitely there but these kids need experience and must learn to adapt to the demands of international cricket where they are found wanting," he said."It's not easy to found someone with 145kph pace, you need to do scouting and hunting for fast bowlers and I am sure there will be talent.

"The grounds in South Africa were green but you need a certain strategy to bowl, so until and unless they learn it they will not be able to turn their potential into performances."

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

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  • Crick_Expert on April 21, 2013, 5:53 GMT

    I salute swing king Wasim Akram. A golden chance for PAK young bowlers to get golden tips from Legend Wasim Akram. Where Imran Khan showed the world how to lead the team, Wasim Akram showed how to win the match.

  • ABLcric on April 26, 2013, 8:47 GMT

    i agree with dontlikecricket. Speed is not everything. Since, Pakistan team has produced real fast bowlers in the past, we are now 'obsessed' to get few real pacers. I strongly feel that the use of mind and ability for good judgement are other key factors which our young fast bowlers should learn (who's gonna do that?). Bowlers like Imran, Wasim, Waqar, Sarfraz and Fazal were using their brains and thinking and discussing the technical flaws in the batsmen on the crease and how to bowl at them. The role of Academy is to provide such training that allows and promotes our bowler to think and bowl. Not just throw the ball at the batsmen without any sense and direction. When a fast bowlers starts thinking, then pace becomes an added value.

  • on April 25, 2013, 9:53 GMT

    Despr8ly waiting for the one who will replace gul :)

  • on April 22, 2013, 18:15 GMT

    pakistan team needs to get rid of overhyped and over rated players like afridi, kamran yunis and try to give chance to some fresh lads. pakistan team also needs to arrange matches somewhere outside FTP, as we all know ICC its FTP has become a whipping goat

  • hellothereeveryone on April 22, 2013, 10:42 GMT

    These indeed are dark times for pak cricket. Such initiatives will be helpful to revive it. If they come anywhere close to what they were in their glory days of 80s and 90s they will be a really tough team to beat and world cricket will be much more fun as most of pak players are so talented they are fun to watch.

  • Pathiyal on April 22, 2013, 9:22 GMT

    Pak bowling right now needs a facelift and who else can do the job better than the maestro himself? Wasim Akram - the right man at the right place!!!

  • Alexk400 on April 22, 2013, 0:58 GMT

    There is two thing.1. Skill. 2. Management (play within your strengths). Akram had too much skill and he was able to show off even if he did n't manage well. But in general policy you need both. Pakistan bowlers are naturally talented. Only they need is how to manage the resources.

  • riz309 on April 21, 2013, 23:56 GMT

    @NixNixon your comment is laughable if 1 or 2 out of 100 said so that doe'snt mean that the whole lot said so about Pakistan bowler's, everyone with the slightest knowledge of International cricket know's that the current lot of Pakistan bowler's are no where near Styen & Co and besides since S. Akther and B.Lee are retired D.Styen has made a name bring M.Aamir back today and watch he's gonna blow Styen back in the shadows

  • dontlikecricket on April 21, 2013, 15:27 GMT

    PAK fans are obsessive about pace. Its no good if a bowler can bowl above 140 but has no control. Sami is good example. On the other hand someone bowling in 130's with good control can cause more damage.Examples are Philander, M. Asif and even Akram rarely use to bowl over 140. So so called cricket experts need to think beyond speed. Swing and control are the best weapons. PAK have talented bowlers like Junaid and Irfan. They both will improve with time and need to play regular international cricket. Amir will also be back in couple of years. There are some good fast bowlers in PAK. Camps like this are good for new bowlers and hopefully they will learn from the legend.

  • an_alcoholic on April 21, 2013, 14:52 GMT

    Oh sure you are sir....you have showed it throughout your carrier....a sheer magician of swing...with the new ball and with the old....in fast pitch and in slower one....in pressure and in adverse....pakistani were really lucky to have you then and are lucky to have you now with all those things you are doing.....i have witnessed a huge cheer and support for you in RANCHI in ind vs eng encounter that shows what a great fan following you have earned...hats off to the KING OF SWING

  • Crick_Expert on April 21, 2013, 5:53 GMT

    I salute swing king Wasim Akram. A golden chance for PAK young bowlers to get golden tips from Legend Wasim Akram. Where Imran Khan showed the world how to lead the team, Wasim Akram showed how to win the match.

  • ABLcric on April 26, 2013, 8:47 GMT

    i agree with dontlikecricket. Speed is not everything. Since, Pakistan team has produced real fast bowlers in the past, we are now 'obsessed' to get few real pacers. I strongly feel that the use of mind and ability for good judgement are other key factors which our young fast bowlers should learn (who's gonna do that?). Bowlers like Imran, Wasim, Waqar, Sarfraz and Fazal were using their brains and thinking and discussing the technical flaws in the batsmen on the crease and how to bowl at them. The role of Academy is to provide such training that allows and promotes our bowler to think and bowl. Not just throw the ball at the batsmen without any sense and direction. When a fast bowlers starts thinking, then pace becomes an added value.

  • on April 25, 2013, 9:53 GMT

    Despr8ly waiting for the one who will replace gul :)

  • on April 22, 2013, 18:15 GMT

    pakistan team needs to get rid of overhyped and over rated players like afridi, kamran yunis and try to give chance to some fresh lads. pakistan team also needs to arrange matches somewhere outside FTP, as we all know ICC its FTP has become a whipping goat

  • hellothereeveryone on April 22, 2013, 10:42 GMT

    These indeed are dark times for pak cricket. Such initiatives will be helpful to revive it. If they come anywhere close to what they were in their glory days of 80s and 90s they will be a really tough team to beat and world cricket will be much more fun as most of pak players are so talented they are fun to watch.

  • Pathiyal on April 22, 2013, 9:22 GMT

    Pak bowling right now needs a facelift and who else can do the job better than the maestro himself? Wasim Akram - the right man at the right place!!!

  • Alexk400 on April 22, 2013, 0:58 GMT

    There is two thing.1. Skill. 2. Management (play within your strengths). Akram had too much skill and he was able to show off even if he did n't manage well. But in general policy you need both. Pakistan bowlers are naturally talented. Only they need is how to manage the resources.

  • riz309 on April 21, 2013, 23:56 GMT

    @NixNixon your comment is laughable if 1 or 2 out of 100 said so that doe'snt mean that the whole lot said so about Pakistan bowler's, everyone with the slightest knowledge of International cricket know's that the current lot of Pakistan bowler's are no where near Styen & Co and besides since S. Akther and B.Lee are retired D.Styen has made a name bring M.Aamir back today and watch he's gonna blow Styen back in the shadows

  • dontlikecricket on April 21, 2013, 15:27 GMT

    PAK fans are obsessive about pace. Its no good if a bowler can bowl above 140 but has no control. Sami is good example. On the other hand someone bowling in 130's with good control can cause more damage.Examples are Philander, M. Asif and even Akram rarely use to bowl over 140. So so called cricket experts need to think beyond speed. Swing and control are the best weapons. PAK have talented bowlers like Junaid and Irfan. They both will improve with time and need to play regular international cricket. Amir will also be back in couple of years. There are some good fast bowlers in PAK. Camps like this are good for new bowlers and hopefully they will learn from the legend.

  • an_alcoholic on April 21, 2013, 14:52 GMT

    Oh sure you are sir....you have showed it throughout your carrier....a sheer magician of swing...with the new ball and with the old....in fast pitch and in slower one....in pressure and in adverse....pakistani were really lucky to have you then and are lucky to have you now with all those things you are doing.....i have witnessed a huge cheer and support for you in RANCHI in ind vs eng encounter that shows what a great fan following you have earned...hats off to the KING OF SWING

  • NixNixon on April 21, 2013, 11:53 GMT

    This is extremely funny, that Pakistan is looking for fast bowlers, as before the SA vS PAK test series, Paksitan fans were saying that Gul is better than steyn, junaid khan is better than philander and irfan is better than morkel. If they are better then why look for new bowlers, hilarious!

  • Mr.Moody on April 21, 2013, 11:11 GMT

    @mansoor ahmad...hey hammad azam is not genuine bowler he is talented batting allrounder like azhar mahmood and razzaq. Wasim's coaching can do wonders for him in england if he is selected [he must be]

  • on April 21, 2013, 10:23 GMT

    Not even a single bowler who can bowl above 140 except Irfan. This curretn bowling pool is the worst bowling talent for paksitan since 1975. Just Imagine that Hammad Azam is an attendee of the fast bowler camp. It is so sad its funny.

  • Motahar on April 21, 2013, 8:17 GMT

    He is not magician. but In Cricket, he is a true magician. He swung the ball both the ways. if any bowler gets his tips then they will be benefitted. any country would like to have him as a bowling coach. as a bagladeshi, i definitely want him as a bowling coach. hope BCB will do that soon

  • on April 21, 2013, 7:17 GMT

    that will really help fast bowlers. wasim is doing a great job.

  • landl47 on April 21, 2013, 4:00 GMT

    If anyone can help them, it's Akram. If they listen to him and try to do what he tells them they'll be successful. A great bowler with a tremendous feel for cricket.

  • on April 20, 2013, 21:25 GMT

    Dear Mr. Umar Farooq, You should proof read your articles twice before posting them. "...Trophy, Pakistan are will tour Scotland.." Are and Will? "...not easy to found someone..." To FOUND? I am not a grammar freak but these little over-looks create bad taste. Sorry to point that out.

  • Vishal_07 on April 20, 2013, 21:02 GMT

    As an Indian, I always felt envy towards Pakistan on the wealth of bowlers they've had in the last 20-30 years (so much so that despite PCB destroying one bowler after the other, they still would have one of the best bowling attack in the world). If only they had a Richards or a Greenidge or a Lloyd, Pakistan could easily be the Windies of 70s and 80s.

  • husseybukhari on April 20, 2013, 17:54 GMT

    the camps should be held more frequently than "3 to 4 months" or maybe the duration of the particular camps should be a little longer, for the bowlers to not only just learn, but to apply them infront of him. And then wasim akram will be able to correct anything that is still wrong. lets make full use of such a legends knowledge and experience

  • indicricket on April 20, 2013, 17:30 GMT

    I don't see why he should help, of all the teams in the world, the Australian team. He should help Pakistan or any other subcontinental team.

  • on April 20, 2013, 16:59 GMT

    he isn't a magician? Well many batters who faced him will think otherwise.

  • rustyryan on April 20, 2013, 16:59 GMT

    Send few of them to India, bro!!!

  • PrasPunter on April 20, 2013, 16:19 GMT

    what a Legend Wasim is !! Personallly I will be happy to have him as the bowling coach of the Australian national team. He just had a brief chat with Mitch Starc back in 2011 and the results are there for everyone to see. Anyway, wishing him the very best !! And lucky are those who are going to be guided by him !! Best wishes for them as well !!

  • Sinhaya on April 20, 2013, 16:11 GMT

    From what all I know of Pakistan, since 1950s till today, bowling has been their main strength and that is why very good to greats like Akram, Younis, Imran Khan, Mushtaq Ahmed, Saqlain Mushtaq, Abdul Qadir, Safraz Nawaz, Ajmal and Shohaib Akthar emerged. However, their batting failures have meant that bowlers were meant to look ordinary due to the lack of pressure created. This is exactly why their bowlers like Junaid Khan and Umar Gul looked ineffective in South Africa this year. So the fact here is that for bowlers to make a match, batsmen must post good totals. In the current Pakistani lineup, only Ajmal is the best. If Ajmal is out, the bowling attack lacks incision. No doubt it was great Ajmal was instrumental in the 3-0 whitewash in UAE against England but I doubt if it can be repeated again against England who have the best batting lineup today and have tremendously improved against spin bowling.

  • Hira1 on April 20, 2013, 16:06 GMT

    By hiring Wasim Akram to train Pak young bowlers is a great move by PCB now its time for youngsters to benefit from this legend talent

  • Lakpj on April 20, 2013, 15:57 GMT

    not sure about Akram the coach, but most definitely Akram the bowler was a magician. Pakistan should try to utilized many of their past great cricketers to help the current team. their batsmen really need a good workout, may be someone like Zaheer Abbas could do well. And someone like Saqlain can be used to help the spinners.

  • umairasgharbutt on April 20, 2013, 15:48 GMT

    We need him in coaching staff for at least a year ! hes a magician !

  • ICCexpert.... on April 20, 2013, 13:55 GMT

    Pakistan should select, Zia-ul-haq, Asad Ali, Sadaf, Aftab and Anwar Ali.....

  • zesh92 on April 20, 2013, 13:55 GMT

    I think he need some time with these guys in order to bring any rewards for PAK

  • reason-galore on April 20, 2013, 13:40 GMT

    he could have been playing for us still... his economical run up would have let him play a lot longer than 37 years of age at which he retired.

  • on April 20, 2013, 13:23 GMT

    Well he certainly was a magician when he was playing for Pakistan!

  • Mr.Moody on April 20, 2013, 12:53 GMT

    hats off to Mr.Legend you r best of the best. one point which people miss is the line & length of a bowler must be essential. look at m.asif he was genuis in his line & length, made life miserable with good seem and accuracy. soo rather than we should be in pursuit of only useless speedster like m.sami we better find someone like m.asif!!!!

  • on April 20, 2013, 12:44 GMT

    Inshallah this would definitely work wonders......but this will take time

  • on April 20, 2013, 12:40 GMT

    Well, Wasim never said that sort of thing when he himself was bowling!

  • on April 20, 2013, 12:40 GMT

    Well, Wasim never said that sort of thing when he himself was bowling!

  • on April 20, 2013, 12:44 GMT

    Inshallah this would definitely work wonders......but this will take time

  • Mr.Moody on April 20, 2013, 12:53 GMT

    hats off to Mr.Legend you r best of the best. one point which people miss is the line & length of a bowler must be essential. look at m.asif he was genuis in his line & length, made life miserable with good seem and accuracy. soo rather than we should be in pursuit of only useless speedster like m.sami we better find someone like m.asif!!!!

  • on April 20, 2013, 13:23 GMT

    Well he certainly was a magician when he was playing for Pakistan!

  • reason-galore on April 20, 2013, 13:40 GMT

    he could have been playing for us still... his economical run up would have let him play a lot longer than 37 years of age at which he retired.

  • zesh92 on April 20, 2013, 13:55 GMT

    I think he need some time with these guys in order to bring any rewards for PAK

  • ICCexpert.... on April 20, 2013, 13:55 GMT

    Pakistan should select, Zia-ul-haq, Asad Ali, Sadaf, Aftab and Anwar Ali.....

  • umairasgharbutt on April 20, 2013, 15:48 GMT

    We need him in coaching staff for at least a year ! hes a magician !

  • Lakpj on April 20, 2013, 15:57 GMT

    not sure about Akram the coach, but most definitely Akram the bowler was a magician. Pakistan should try to utilized many of their past great cricketers to help the current team. their batsmen really need a good workout, may be someone like Zaheer Abbas could do well. And someone like Saqlain can be used to help the spinners.

  • Hira1 on April 20, 2013, 16:06 GMT

    By hiring Wasim Akram to train Pak young bowlers is a great move by PCB now its time for youngsters to benefit from this legend talent