Pakistan once known for its world-class fast bowlers have been short of quality pacers for quite a long time. Chief selector Iqbal Qasim last month speak out his fears that Pakistan might not get quality stuff in the pace department unless strenuous efforts were made. To overcome the dearth of quality pacers, Pakistan launched a hunt for “King of Speed” on Wednesday.
Pakistan Cricket Board target is to seek out bowlers who can hit 145 kph (90 mph) in a special training camp arranged under the title of “King of Speed” program with legendary left-arm pacer Wasim Akram.
Two “W’s” Wasim and Waqar made a deadly pace duo in International cricket of 80’s and 90’s. They promote the art mastered by their illustrious mentor and captain Imran Khan in the 1970s and 80s.
Shoaib Akhtar was the real Speed King of 1990’s and 2000’s. He attained the speed of over 100 mph in international matches and made world record.
“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.
Last week, Wasim Akram agreed for any sort of help to PCB to unearth talented fast bowlers and also urged to help the current bowlers in the national team ahead of the upcoming ICC Champions Trophy to be held in England from June 6-23.
The PCB along with their sponsors will give away a grand prize of one million rupees ($10,000) to the bowler who achieves the fastest speed above 145 kph.