Sports News – Legendary Pakistan paceman Wasim Akram Saturday urged the country’s top fast bowlers to be aggressive and adapt to new rule changes in order to excel at the international level.
The 46-year-old, regarded as one of the best left-arm paceman ever to play the game, is holding a ten-day training camp for top 20 fast bowlers in the country ahead of the eight-nation Champions Trophy in June in England.
Wasim said the change in rules in one-day cricket which allow only four fielders outside the inner circle throughout the 50-overs, were tough for bowlers.
“You need to be aggressive and learn how to adapt to these rule changes,” Wasim told reporters.
“Pakistani bowlers have a lot of talent but they need to learn and adapt to the demands of international cricket.”
Pakistan’s new sensation Mohammad Irfan, who is the tallest to play international cricket at 7 feet one inch, is the star attraction of the training camp.
Wasim said Irfan needs special care because of his height.
“Irfan is a special talent, but because of his height he needs to be handled carefully,” said Wasim of Irfan, who was Pakistan’s best bowler with 11 wickets in the one-day series in South Africa last month.
Wasim along with pace partner Waqar Younis was one of several fast bowlers who learnt the art under the legendary Imran Khan in mid 1980s. He took 414 Test and 502 one-day wickets during an illustrious career.
Wasim dispelled the impression that Pakistan was lacking in quality fast bowlers. Agencies