Thatscricket - News - Pak to draft speedsters ahead of India series

Published: Tuesday, February 17, 2004, 22:24 [IST]
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Karachi:Pakistan have drafted two up-and-coming pace bowlers into their training camp ahead of next month's historic Test series with India, an official said.

Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) spokesman Sami-ul-Hasan on Tuesday said Mohammad Khalil and Zahid Saeed had been invited to train with the national side in order to benefit from coaching clinics given by former Test stars Imran Khan and Wasim Akram.

"Khalil and Saeed have shown good form in the domestic season and since Imran Khan and Wasim Akram have agreed to give tips to fast bowlers it would be ideal for these two to get the needed guidance," Hasan said.

Khan last week said he would give a one-day pep talk to fast bowlers on how to handle the mental pressure of a series against India while Wasim said he was willing to help out at a moment's notice.

Khalil was among the Pakistan probables for most of the season last year but was not given a chance to feature in any international match.

Former captain Waqar Younis, also bidding to regain his place after being dumped following Pakistan's first round exit in the World Cup last year, will have to perform extraordinarily in the domestic tournament to get a recall.

The tune-up camp involving 24 players starts in Lahore from February 24 as Pakistan awaits a final clearance from the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) to announce a long-delayed tour itinerary.

The tour ran into doubts over security fears but the Indian Government cleared the tour on Saturday. India is scheduled to play three Tests and five One-day games on their first tour of Pakistan since 1989-1990.

A three-member Indian delegation returned home on Monday evening after assessing security and other facilities in Pakistan and their security experts would submit a report on the tour in a couple of days.

PCB to wait for security expert's report

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