Akram tells Pathan to concentrate on bowling

Published: Sunday, October 24, 2004, 23:53 [IST]
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Bangalore:Former Pakistan captain Wasim Akram has advised India's fast bowling sensation Irfan Pathan to concentrate on bowling and not put pressure on himself by trying to be an allrounder.

Akram said the hectic schedule of modern cricket made being an allrounder almost impossible and the 20-year old Indian should remember that batting was his secondary task.

"He (Pathan) should know that he is a bowler who can bat. He should concentrate on that," said Akram who is in city on a promotional visit.

"It's hard-work to be an all-rounder now-a-days as we play so much cricket. All-rounder can sort of, at times, sort of get tired."

The Pakistani legend, the only bowler to have captured more than 400 wickets each in Test and one-day cricket, hastened to add that the Baroda seamer had the talent and cauld become a top all-rounder if he worked hard at it.

"He (Pathan) has got the talent and he has got runs against Australia," he said.

Akram agreed that there was "too much hype" about Pathan. "Yes, this (hype) had to happen," he said.

Akram said he told Pathan last year itself in Australia that if he bowled well, money and attention were bound to follow him given his personality.

"It's up to him to handle that (spot light). We can't tell media not to hype him because that's their job.

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