PCB to seek ~~W~~s help in nurturing budding talents

Published: Monday, June 13, 2005, 23:53 [IST]
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Islamabad:The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) would seek the help of former fast bowling greats Wasim Akram and Waqar Younis in helping budding talents in becoming lethal forces in future.

The ad-hoc committee of the PCB has given approval for having extensive and specialised training camps for seamers and opening batsmen and former Test captains Akram and Waqar will be asked to help out the invited pace bowlers, Board sources said.

They said the Board, as part of its strategy to develop the existing pool of pace bowlers, had already decided to send three bowlers to the MRF Pace Foundation in India.

"But apart from sending bowlers to the MRF academy the chairman has also got approval for setting up of a camp for pace bowlers during the summer," they said.

"And the idea is to invite Wasim and Waqar to attend these camps and help out the bowlers."

Wasim and Waqar, who formed the best opening attack for Pakistan, ended their careers in 2003 with nearly 800 Test and over 800 One-day wickets between them.

Both have complained that the Board was not willing to use their experience in coaching assignments after talks between Waqar and the Board to sign him on as bowling coach before the Indian tour failed.

The source said other leading former pace bowlers would be invited to help out the boys in the camp. "There is also approval for having a extensive camp for opening batsmen in the summer and before England comes to Pakistan in October."

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