Akram to train young pacers

Karachi: Pakistan’s former captain and fast bowling great Wasim Akram has been given the task of working with the country’s 12 best young pacers during a 12-day camp in Karachi.

The Pakistan Cricket Board today named 12 young fast bowlers to attend the camp with Akram at Karachi’s National stadium from August 1.

The 12 have been selected after a series of trials held at four centres in Pakistan this month.

The PCB’s decision to secure the services of Akram came after a leading electronics giant agreed to sponsor the entire talent hunt scheme on condition that the former Pakistan speedster would head it.

According to sources Akram will be paid directly by the sponsors instead of receiving any payments from the board with whom he has had a hot and cold relationship for a while now.

Only recently Akram criticised the national selectors and team management for mishandling left-arm pacer Junaid Khan and senior batsman Younis Khan.

This is the second time that Akram will hold such a camp for fast bowlers in Karachi with the involvement of a sponsor as he did it in 2013 as well when he worked with Pakistan team bowlers like Wahab Riaz, Muhammad Irfan, Sohail Khan and Junaid.

The former pace great has always said that he is keen to help Pakistan cricket in any capacity and would love to work with young pace bowlers.

The 12 youngsters selected for the camp by the national selection committee include some established domestic cricket performers.

The list includes Mir Hamza, Ahmed Jamal (who won the best bowler prize in the last camp), Majid Ali, Taj Wali, Ahmed Butt, Amir Yamin, Azizullah, Muhammad Irfan, Sameen Gul, Altaf Khan, Bilawal and Zia ul Haq.

The list includes a rookie pacer from the Federally Administrated Tribal areas, Sameen Gul and three others pacers from Peshawar.