Four Pak pacers to arrive at MRF pace foundation

Published: Friday, June 24, 2005, 23:53 [IST]
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Chennai:Despite Pak skipper Inzamam expressing his reservation, three Pakistani fast bowlers and an Under 19 pacer will arrive in Chennai tomorrow to train at the MRF Pace Foundation under the legendary Dennis Lillee.

Mohammad Khalil, Mohammed Asif, Riaz Afridi - the Test bowlers capped last season and Pakistan Under 19 bowler Mohammed Irshad, will be honning their skills under Dennis Lillee for ten days from June 25 to July 4, when the former Aussie speedster will also be assessing the progress of the regular Indian trainees at the Foundation.

The tie up for the Pak bowlers to train at the Pace Foundation in Chennai was worked out during the Indo-Pak Test match at Bangalore in March this year when Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) chairman Sharayar Khan expressed the desire to send bowlers to the Foundation.

Confirming the arrival of the Pak bowlers, chief coach and former national selector T A Sekhar said '' They are scheduled to arrive tomorrow night.''

The left-arm medium pacer Mohammad Khalil is billed as the most promising among the three having played two Tests and three One-dayers. Both Afridi and Asif have played one Test apiece.

Meanwhile, Sekhar also clarified that contrary to reports in a section of the media, the Pace Foundation was not entering into any formal tie up with the National Cricket Academy(NCA) set up by the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) in Bangalore.

''I had only expressed the view that there could be a formal arrangement with the NCA. I have been misquoted,'' he added.

It may be mentioned that NCA bowlers have been training at the Pace Foundation under Dennis Lillee, in the age groups of Under-19, 17 and 15.

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