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Published: Tuesday, January 27, 2004, 22:55 [IST]
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PCB seeks Akram's help to coach speedsters
Tuesday, January 27 2004 17:25 Hrs (IST)

Islamabad:A desperate Pakistan Cricket Board has finally decided to ask legendary left-arm bowler Wasim Akram to coach his country's speedsters in "special build-up sessions" ahead of the historic home series against India next month.

Also to be invited for coaching assignments are former greats Imran Khan and Aaqib Javed as Pakistan resort to last-minute measures and think of ways to curb the daunting Indian batting line-up currently in full flow in Australia.

"The PCB has decided to seek the expertise of former fast bowling greats -- Imran Khan, Wasim Akram and Aaqib Javed to hold special build-up sessions with the present pacers to prepare them for the series against India," PCB chief executive Ramiz Raja said.

Akram's assistance and advice to Indian bowlers, particularly to young left-arm speedster Irfan Pathan, has become a subject of hot debate in the country but Raja said PCB did not think it was a big issue.

"I don't think it is such a big issue. Wasim is a retired cricketer and highly respected as a quality fast bowler. It is natural that other bowlers like to take advice and tips from him. We just want him to be available for us when possible," Raja was quoted as saying in the media here today.

Raja said Akram would be approached for help as soon as he returned next month from his present stint as commentator for the India-Australia-Zimbabawe triangular series in Australia.

'I am not on a mission to help India'

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