Swing king Akram to train Sri Lanka pacers

Swing king Akram to train Sri Lanka pacers

Akram rated Sri Lanka as one of the best cricket playing nation and said that it brought back nostalgic memories when he represented the Pakistan under 23 team against Sri Lanka under 23 in 1986.

In what would be the first of a series of programmes involving foreign experts, Akram will conduct a day-long coaching clinic in Colombo today, revealed Sri Lanka Cricket. He holds the world record for most wickets in List A cricket with 881 and is second only to Sri Lankan off-spin bowler, Muttiah Muralitharan in terms of ODI wickets with 502. Vaas, a former seamer, was recently tasked with identifying fast bowling talent across the cricket-mad island.

Akram, however, insisted that he could not find the reason as to why Lankan fast bowlers are finding it hard to thrive on slower tracks as long as they had the right tricks up the sleeve.

The former great heaped praises on the young Sri Lankan pacers and said that they have the pace but need to work on swing to be competitive at the highest level.

"The idea is to teach them how to believe in themselves and how to fox out the batsmen".

Thilanga Sumathipala, Sri Lanka Cricket Chief informed that they have offered a contract for two years to Akram and will mentor young local players over the next two years. "A cricketer and a gentleman of the calibre of Mr Akram is the ideal mentor to give wing to this latest initiative of SLC by which we intend to invite a series of such legends of the game to conduct workshops with our players, and to also mentor our coaches to perpetuate that learning", Sumathipala further added.

Sri Lanka is set to play a three-match test series against South Africa starting on the 26th of December, which will be followed by a three-match T20 series and a five-match ODI series.