Akhtar plans for a nation-wide talent hunt

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Updated: Sunday, July 15, 2012, 13:10 [IST]
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Akhtar to groom 50 young pacers in Pak

Karachi, Jul 15: Former Pakistan pacer Shoaib Akhtar, fondly called Rawalpindi Express has said he was working to form a pool of 50 young seamers, who can serve the nation in the future.

"Every board says our country is full of talent. But I don't see anyone because we've not got a good fast-bowler for a long time," he said

"The board humiliates the ones who have talent which is having adverse effects. The youngsters who take inspiration from their heroes are not coming forward after seeing what is being done to their heroes," Akhtar added.

Akhtar said he has plans to conduct a talent hunt for fast bowlers as reported by Express Tribune.

"I will go to the outskirts to find talent. I will mentor and promote them through media and in other ways," he said.

Akhtar who announced his retirement from international cricket on Mar 17 2011, during the World Cup in Sri Lanka, said fast bowling was not an easy job and the bowlers need to be safe-guarded.

"Fast-bowling is not a normal job, it's abnormal. The number of fast-bowlers is diminishing and they need to be safeguarded. I have said repeatedly that the International Cricket Council should remove the laws and restriction on fast-bowlers," he said.


Story first published:  Sunday, July 15, 2012, 12:50 [IST]
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