Pakistan yesterday unveiled a hunt for fast bowlers to overcome lack of quality pacemen in the country once famous for its production line of quicks. Under the “King of Speed” plan, the PCB will search for bowlers who can hit 145 kph (90 mph) for a special training camp along with Wasim Akram.
Wasim and pace partner Waqar Younis established among the most harmful combinations in international cricket and furthered the art mastered by their illustrious mentor and skipper Imran Khan in the 1970s and 80s.
Shoaib Akhtar and Mohammad Sami dominated the scene in 1990s and 2000s and both attained speeds of over 100 mph in international games. But the shortage of quality pace bowlers has been a problem, with the country`s chief selector Iqbal Qasim recently raising concerns Pakistan might not get quality stuff in the pace department unless serious efforts were made.
“The King of Speed camps will be set up in ten cities across Pakistan from 13 to 21st April and the trials will be held in two phases,” a PCB release said.