Sarfraz discloses plans for his Fast Bowlers Academy

Published: Wednesday, June 29, 2005, 23:53 [IST]
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Islamabad:Former Pakistan Test cricketer Sarfraz Nawaz has welcomed the recent changes in the Limited Over games and observed that it will create further attraction for the cricket lovers.

The International Cricket Council (ICC) has introduced major rule changes into One-day International matches on a ten month trial basis starting on July 30. The major alternations in ODIs include the extension of the current 15 overs fielding restrictions and the introduction of replacement players.

"It will create more public interest but would also put some extra pressure on captains, the former bowling coach told PPI here on Tuesday.

He said the skippers while taking decisions on the replacement of players and managing five overs of fielding restriction in the middle of the innings would definitely be under great pressure.

"But it's all about your abilities and the captain, who holds his nerves will take the match winning decisions," he noted.

Meanwhile about his future programmes the former cricket star disclosed that in collaboration with Capital Development Authority (CDA) he will establish a "Fast Bowlers Academy" here in Islamabad.

Sarfraz Nawaz also known as the inventor of "Reverse Swing" told that he recently met with the chairman CDA Kamran Lashari regarding provision of a venue in this regard."THe CDA has offered me all out support and hopefully they (CDA) will provide the venue in a couple of months," he added.

The former bowling coach of the Pakistan cricket team (1999) while elaborating his new project said that the motive behind the establishment of the fast bowlers' academy is to produce genuine fast bowlers for the Pakistan cricket team, who after their inclusion in the national squad bring laurels for the country.

"I have gained much from this sport and now I want to contribute something for the country," vowed Sarfraz.

To a question, he ruled out the impression that a good fast bowler can be a good bowling coach. "I do not think that every fast bowler can be a good coach.

"Fast bowling coaching is a technical job. You have to teach the young fast bowler according to his abilities," he added.

Recalling his memories he said that in 1996 during his summer fast bowlers' coaching camps he produced a number of fast bowlers including Shoaib Akhtar, Azhar Mahmood, Abdul Razzaq and Fazl-e-Akbar while in 1999 he introduced Mohammad Sami and Shabbir Ahmed, who were also part of the summer coaching camps.

Comparing Pakistan's fast bowlers with the Indians, Sarfraz Nawaz said that the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) has been running fast bowling coaching academies for more than the last 15 years under the supervision of former fast bowler Dennis Lillee and has failed to produce any genuine fast bowler so far, whereas in Pakistan we have produced dozens of quality fast bowlers in the summer coaching camps held from 1996 to 1999 under his (Sarfraz's) supervision.

When asked about the support of PCB in establishing the Fast Bowlers Academy in Islamabad, the former cricket star said that he discussed the project with PCB director operations Saleem Altaf.

"Altaf is abroad and as soon as he comes back we will discuss the project in detail to give this project a final shape."

He further said that other renowned fast bowlers will also assist him during the coaching of young fast bowlers in the academy.

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