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Published: Saturday, January 24, 2004, 1:49 [IST]
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Pakistan wants Wasim Akram 'to draw a line'
Friday, January 23 2004 20:19 Hrs (IST)

Islamabad:Pakistan suspect Wasim Akram of moulding Indian youngster Irfan Pathan into a potent left-arm speedster and are now worried that the former captain may let out other "trade secrets" as well to their arch rivals ahead of their historic tour in March.

While asserting that Akram, currently in Australia as a commentator for a TV channel, has every right to coach any cricketer of his choice, the Pakistan cricket establishment wants the legendary all-rounder "to draw a line" on working with Indian players.

Akram on Sunday spent over an hour coaching Pathan who has emerged as the find of the Indian team on their tour Down Under and reports of Akram and his "virtual clone" bonding together have been doing the round in cricketing circles.

Coach Javed Miandad felt that Akram was within his right to give tips to bowlers but was worried that his former team- mate might also go to the extent of teaching Indian batsmen how to counter reverse swing -- the traditional secret weapon of Pakistanis.

"Look, what I am only worried about is that he does not give them tips on how to play reverse swing for which our team has developed a special batting strategy to counter. If he is giving their bowlers tips on how to reverse swing the ball there is nothing wrong because a bowler must have the ability to pick up the art.

"But telling another team trade secrets like how to play reverse swing, I don't think he would do it and I hope he is not doing it," Miandad was quoted as saying by the local daily 'The News' after his return from New Zealand on Thursday.

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