'Too much cricket is destroying fast bowlers'

Published: Monday, August 9, 2010, 16:46 [IST]
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'Too much cricket is destroying bowlers'

London: Former West Indian fast bowling legend Michael Holding reckons that too much cricket has led to many career threatening injuries to current generation fast bowlers, thereby shortening their career.

Holding also said that the Pakistani fast bowling trio of Mohammad Aamer, Mohammad Asif and Umar Gul were better suited to English conditions than the pitches in Pakistan.

“I think they (Pakistan) have a pretty good pace attack right now. Aamer, Asif and Gul are three good fast bowlers, but they"re more effective in the conditions here in England than they would be under the conditions back home in Pakistan," Cricistan.com quoted Holding, as saying.

“That"s because none of them bowl extremely fast anymore. The two older fellows, well I say older in quotations because they"re not yet 30, have slowed down considerably due to the amount of cricket that they"ve played," he added.

Holding was however concerned about young Aamer's future and had doubts whether he would be able to keep up with his pace.

“I think Aamer is one for the future, but it depends on how much cricket he plays. Someone that young, 18 years old, with the workload he has ahead of him. Who knows how long he"ll last," Holding said.


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