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'Pakistan facing fast bowling crisis'

Published Mar 14, 2013 10:02am


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Waqar Younis, Shoaib Akhtar and Wasim Akram. -File photo by AFP

KARACHI: Pakistan face a looming crisis in world cricket unless they nurture more fast bowlers at grassroots level, the country's chief selector Iqbal Qasim warned on Wednesday.

Qasim said selectors no longer had the luxury of choosing from an array of top fast bowlers as the talent pool had dried up and the country needs to quickly find a new generation of Wasim Akrams and Waqar Younises.

“The truth is we are not getting quality fast bowlers in the footsteps of greats like Wasim Akram, Waqar Younis or Shoaib Akhtar. And the situation is not encouraging in domestic cricket as well,” Qasim told a private television channel.

Pakistan were recently whitewashed by South Africa in a three-Test series and their most experienced paceman, Umar Gul, grabbed just five wickets in two matches at an average of 45 each.

Pakistan had prided themselves on producing world class fast bowlers such as Imran Khan, Akram, Waqar, Shoaib and Mohammad Asif despite the absence of favourable conditions.

However, they lost two of their best bowlers, Asif and Mohammad Amir in 2011 after the duo were banned by the International Cricket Council for spot-fixing during a series in England.

“When this tour is over we need to discover new talent. Bowlers that can bowl fast. The board is keen to identify raw talent in domestic cricket and have them groomed in a special bowling camp with help from Wasim and Waqar,” Qasim said.


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Tahir Mar 14, 2013 01:28pm

There are two seriously quick bowlers in Pakistan: Wahab Riaz and Bilawal Bhatti. Both easily bowl in excess of 145K. Irfan is also fast and recently Umar Gul has been cranking up his pace.

ahmed2030 Mar 14, 2013 10:35am
They need to find new fast bowlers, new wicket keeper batsmen, new top order batsmen, new middle order batsmen, new fast bowling all rounder, new bowlers who can bat a bit ( or at least hold a bat). As of only Saeed Ajmal is the world class cricketer we have in all formats. In tests we have Younus Khan and Ajmal and possibly Abdur Rehman, in ODI's we have Ajmal and good ones in Nasir Jamshed, in T20's we have Ajmal, Afridi, Razzaq, Nasir Jamshed and Hafeez. Thats all good assets we have, rest we need to find !!!
Dr. Salaria, Aamir Ahmad Mar 14, 2013 02:05pm

Notwithstanding the fact that what the chief selector has said is 100 percent right, in essence, it is just the tip of the iceberg. In fact, the 'green-shirts' need good and dependable batsmen in all formats of the game more than they need fast bowlers. Another area of the game where they must show better performance is fielding in which the current Pakistani team is rated at the bottom of the best fielding teams table.

No doubt, cricket has become a science in this day and age but PCB as well as the 'movers and shakers' of cricket in the 'land of the pure' are still living and operating in the past. As long as the overall management infra-structure of the game is not immediately overhauled from top to bottom, there are little or almost no chances of the Pakistani cricket team emerging as one of the top three cricket teams in the world any more.

Jawad Mar 14, 2013 02:10pm
There are many fast bowlers. They are just not picked. How can we tell our fast bowling resources are dried up when we do not get to see Anwar Ali, Sadaf Hussain, Tanvir Ahmad play?
Goga Nalaik Mar 14, 2013 02:16pm
Muhammad Asif is not a fast bowler, he should be considered as medium pacer. Young Aamir was our real hope but he preferred to gamble his carrier over a few thousand pounds. He has openly accepted his fault and feels guilty. Are we ready to pardon him? I sincerely think, considering his Young age, he should be given a second chance. PCB can also give this task to Wasim Akram. I'm sure he will find atleast 10 new fast bowlers within a period of 2 months.
Riaz Mar 14, 2013 07:34pm
Look beyond Lahore..........
Karachi Wala Mar 14, 2013 08:40pm
I hope you are not referring to Tanvir Ahmed who was recently flown to South Africa and played a test there.
Karachi Wala Mar 14, 2013 08:43pm
To say the least, except Ajmal everyone else is debateable.....
tipu Mar 14, 2013 09:03pm
May i ask why wahab riaz has been continuously ignored by the selectors after his brilliant performance in the world cup semi final?
ali Mar 14, 2013 11:21pm
Fast or not Asif was a wicket taking deceptive bowler ideal for test cricket. McGrath, Kapil Dev ..they were not fast bowlers but they did become leading wicket taking bowlers in test cricket so you can't ignore to have such bowlers to be in your test side.
rohan Mar 15, 2013 02:09am
wrong.... pakistan has very good fast bowlers, likes of Junaid, Irfan, Gul. but problem is with bating department. After Injmam and yusuf, pakistan did not produce a good batsman. Jamshed looks good prospect, others ...... well pakistan has to find good batsman...... not pinch hitters
abid678 Mar 15, 2013 03:04am
yes, it is no denying fact that currently our team has a lack of fast bowlers. we should not just rely on fast speed but, swing plays an important role in tests as well as in ODI's. After M Asif and Amir our team is in a great loss. So it's not been late and our selectors should find some other youngsters
IFTIKHAR KHAN Mar 15, 2013 03:51am
I think its time to get new selectors, existing one are hopeless.
mumtaz Mar 16, 2013 08:38am
Why we need fastest bowler, was a waseem akram fastest bowler, surely waqar younus waas fastest bowler but what happened with him in 1996 world cup in banglor, we need talented fast bowler like waseem akram and mohammmad aamer