Vol. 5 Num 382 Fri. June 24, 2005  

Inzy against sending pacers to India

Captain Inzamamul Haq has disapproved Pakistan Cricket Board's (PCB) decision to send four upcoming fast bowlers to India for training under former Australian pace-bowling legend Dennis Lillee.

Inzamam instead wants the PCB to use the services of former fast bowlers Wasim Akram and Waqar Younis to train the bowlers.

"Pakistan has produced fast bowlers of the highest quality as compared to any other country and Wasim Akram and Waqar Younis were the best choice to give training to these bowlers," he said.

Inzamam said in his fifteen-year international career he had not seen any better fast bowler than Wasim and Waqar. He also said that Pakistan had its own cricket academy and that it would be better if bowlers from other countries come and get training there.

The skipper also urged the PCB to take effective measures to check the trend of suspect bowling actions in domestic cricket.

"Thank God Shoaib Malik cleared himself from this allegation but still Shabbir Ahmed is under threat, but this is a serious problem and should be checked at domestic level," he was quoted as saying by local daily the News.

Asked why any quality off-spinner has not emerged on the national scene after Saqlain Mushtaq, Inzamam said the PCB had put a ban on three off-spinners in domestic cricket for their suspect bowling actions but it was also a fact the Pakistan team lacked in this department since no effective off-spinner was emerging.