Launches hunt for fast bowlers: PCB

The Pakistan Cricket Board launched a hunt for fast bowlers to overcome a perceived shortage of quality pacemen in the country once known for its production line of fast men. Under the King of Speed programme, the PCB will seek bowlers who can hit 145 kph for a special training camp with Wasim Akram.

The lack of quality pace bowlers in recent times has been a concern for the PCB, with Iqbal Qasim, the PCB’s chief selector, recently raising fears Pakistan that might not get quality personnel in the pace department unless concerted 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. Akram last week agreed to help PCB unearth fast bowlers and also help the current fast bowlers in the national team ahead of the eight nation Champions Trophy to be held in England from June 6-23.