Former fast bowler Sarfraz Nawaz to train Pakistan quicks at NCA

Pakistan’s fast bowlers managed only 12 of the 60 wickets that fell in the recently concluded Test series against England Getty Images

By CricketCountry Staff

Dubai: Mar 2, 2012

Former Pakistan cricketer Sarfraz Nawaz, who has been recruited as a fast-bowling consultant at the National Cricket Academy (NCA) is set to work extensively with fast bowlers through a specialized coaching programme.

Nawaz, who played 55 Test matches for Pakistan, feels fast bowlers lacked confidence in the recent series against England in the UAE.

“I don’t want to name individuals, but it is obvious that there are a couple of fast bowlers who are short on confidence and need some work done on their bowling,” The Daily Times quoted Nawaz, as saying.

Nawaz insisted that he would take a close look at these bowlers during the camp and would be more than willing to help them overcome all their minor technical problems.

“I will take a close look at them at the camp and point a few things out to them that I have observed. I don’t think the issues are serious and I am sure they will be ironed out,” he said.

“Sometimes with quick bowlers if they get the slightest thing wrong from a technical point of view it can hinder their bowling. Technically there are some things that can be brushed up at the moment,” Nawaz added.

Pakistan’s fast bowlers did not impress much as compared to the spinners, during the 3-0 victory in the Test series, accounting for just 12 of the 60 wickets taken.

He said he would like to pass on some crucial tips to the fast bowlers, but it was up to them to apply them on the field.

“Pakistan’s fast-bowling resources are satisfactory, but certainly not great. I can offer the quicks advice, give them some technical suggestions too on their bowling that will help them. At the end of the day coaches can guide, advise and give players tips. Then it’s down to the cricketers themselves to implement those suggestions,” he said.