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    “I want to see Pakistan producing Wasims, Waqars, and Shoaibs once again” : Mohammad Zahid

    Mohammad Zahid first burst on the international scene in spectacular fashion when on his Test debut against New Zealand in 1996, he took 11 wickets to help his side to victory by an innings and 13 runs. Such was the ferocity of his pace bowling that even Shoaib Akhtar, generally considered the fastest bowler to play for Pakistan, recalled that Zahid’s speed made him look like a medium fast-bowler.

    It is therefore a great positive for Pakistan cricket that a bowler of the calibre of Zahid has accepted the role of fast-bowling coach at the National High-Performance Centre (NHPC) in Lahore.




    In an exclusive interview with PakPassion.net, the former Pakistan pacer expressed his pleasure at being given the opportunity to serve his country once again, “I’m delighted that the Pakistan Cricket Board has given me a chance to work at the NHPC. Whilst living in the UK I have been obtaining my coaching badges with the aim of one day working for the Pakistan Cricket Board and giving back something to cricket in my country. That opportunity has finally come, and I can’t wait to get started in the role.”

    The experience that a former fast-bowler like Mohammad Zahid will bring to the table is something that young pacers under his charge will be able to use to their advantage and is a challenge that the veteran is looking forward to with great enthusiasm.

    “I see this as a great opportunity to work with fast-bowlers in Pakistan of varying ages and varying levels of experience. I’m really looking forward to the challenge and it gives me a chance to share my experiences, both good and bad with the bowlers that I will be working with.”

    It would not be an over-exaggeration to state that Pakistan as a country is blessed with great resources when it comes to the art of fast-bowling. But, this talent needs to be guided to produce the right results and this is exactly what Mohammad Zahid is looking forward to doing in his new role.

    “There’s an incredible amount of pace-bowling talent in Pakistan, you just have to nurture that talent, guide it and then let it flourish. I’ve always believed that natural flair and ability should be allowed to blossom and not curtailed. As a coach, you should be there to guide and to get the best out of the players, without overhauling a player’s natural ability.”

    Whilst the emergence of the likes of Shaheen Shah Afridi, Naseem Shah, Mohammad Musa and Mohammad Hasnain has rekindled hopes of a resurgence of Pakistan as a fast-bowling powerhouse, Zahid hopes to play a pivotal role in bringing many more such talented bowlers to the fore.

    “I want to see Pakistan producing Wasim Akrams, Waqar Younis’ and Shoaib Akhtars once again. I want to help Pakistan cricket produce great fast bowlers and be the best in the world when it comes to pace-bowling. I feel that we have not been at the levels of yesteryear when it comes to pace-bowling talent in recent times and that needs to change.”

    There has never been a paucity of talent in Pakistan when it comes to fast-bowling but the history of the nation’s cricket is replete with many bowlers who showed promise at the onset but then fell away due to a lack of attention or proper guidance. It is here that Zahid feels he can play an important role as he explained, “We have had a rich history in producing fast bowling talent and I want to help to continue that tradition. Yes, we are producing some good pace bowlers these days, but there is a difference between good and great. I see too many of our bowlers start well in international cricket and then fall away, so that needs looking at closely. I’ve heard good things about some of the upcoming pace-bowlers in Pakistan and have seen some of them myself and I hope to work with them and get them ready for cricket at the highest level as well as getting the guys who have not been at their best, back up to the levels they should be at.”

    What could have been a glorious career yielding many years of fantastic performances culminating in many memorable Pakistan victories, sadly ended in 2003 when dogged by injuries the fast-bowler played his last international game. Whilst Zahid’s disappointing international career consisted of just 5 Tests and 11 ODIs, he is determined to ensure that the younger players are given the right guidance for better and brighter futures.

    “My career ended prematurely, and it still hurts me that I did not fulfil my ambitions. I did undoubtedly learn some harsh lessons as a result of my career ending much earlier than I had envisaged and I hope to share what went well and what did not go so well in my career with the current fast bowlers in Pakistan. It’s important that young cricketers learn from former players and how their careers progressed so they can realise that hard work pays off and the good days don’t last forever.”

    The recent changes to Pakistan cricket’s domestic model and PCB’s new-found focus on professionalism have excited many and promises to open a new era of progress for the game in the country. For former players like Mohammad Zahid, the present rate of progress at the PCB is exactly what has attracted him to the role at the NHCP which in his view points to a brighter future for cricket in Pakistan, “It’s an exciting time for Pakistan cricket and the PCB regime deserves credit for their plans, their forward-thinking and getting former players involved. I believe that the changes that are being made and implemented will serve Pakistan cricket well and will provide stability and some fresh talent going forward.”


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    Good to see Zahid back in the frame as far as Pakistan cricket is concerned. Ultimately, results from the NHPC will matter more than words.


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    Good appointment, was a player with full commitment and hard work which enabled him to achieve his dream knowing that coming from a less privilege back ground it was a long shot to get selected in a corrupt cricket system.

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    It won't be easy to produce bowlers who are once in a generation cricketers.

    You don't get Wasims and Waqars every day of the week. They were geniuses not made by the system, rather magicians with the ball who had natural ability.

    I want to see Pakistan producing bowlers who are around for a long time, not one or two good series and then they go missing.

    We are producing too many average pace bowlers who are just interested in T20 cricket and making a quick buck.



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    Quote Originally Posted by Saj View Post
    It won't be easy to produce bowlers who are once in a generation cricketers.

    You don't get Wasims and Waqars every day of the week. They were geniuses not made by the system, rather magicians with the ball who had natural ability.

    I want to see Pakistan producing bowlers who are around for a long time, not one or two good series and then they go missing.

    We are producing too many average pace bowlers who are just interested in T20 cricket and making a quick buck.
    Exactly.

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    There could still be a potential Wasim and Waqar playing somewhere in the dark allies of our domestic cricket. The problem is, our existing domestic set up is heavily laced with ugly politics among several groups at every level. And then we have inherited incompetence, nepotism and corruption.
    And hence this existing domestic setup cannot, and it will not, highlight those young Wasim and/or Waqars.

    We are at the mercy of someone in top level to have an eye in the likes of Imran Khan and Javed Miandad, both of whom identified the two diamonds in the dust. (Waqar and Wasim respectively).

    If you hear Waqar's interview about his break through into Pak's squad, you will notice that Waqar was NEVER hopeful to impress the local selectors or was relying on his statistics or his performances.
    His only hope was to have Imran Khan take a look at his bowling.
    And that turned out to be 100% true.

    We are spending a lot of money in hiring an army of coaches; however, we will need someone to expand their search criteria by putting aside the domestic scorecard books, and actually go out to see domestic games, practice sessions, local clubs etc, to find those diamonds in the dust.

    Our existing domestic set up at the very low level, probably won't let any Wasim or Waqar to surface on the horizon for national selectors and coaches to take a notice. And even if they do take a notice, they probably don't have the eye of Imran Khan and Javed to pin point the needle in the hay stack.

    I welcome Zahid onboard and hope that he will expand his horizon and find someone like him. All the best!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Saj View Post
    It won't be easy to produce bowlers who are once in a generation cricketers.

    You don't get Wasims and Waqars every day of the week. They were geniuses not made by the system, rather magicians with the ball who had natural ability.

    I want to see Pakistan producing bowlers who are around for a long time, not one or two good series and then they go missing.

    We are producing too many average pace bowlers who are just interested in T20 cricket and making a quick buck.
    Wasim Waqar were lucky to get Imran's mentoring and guidance. Other bowlers have not been that fortunate.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Savak View Post
    Wasim Waqar were lucky to get Imran's mentoring and guidance. Other bowlers have not been that fortunate.
    Mentoring point is valid, but you have to have some ability and you need to have the desire to sweat blood and tears. Wasim and Waqar worked damn hard too, but too many of our bowlers thee days want success on a plate.



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    Quote Originally Posted by Saj View Post
    Mentoring point is valid, but you have to have some ability and you need to have the desire to sweat blood and tears. Wasim and Waqar worked damn hard too, but too many of our bowlers thee days want success on a plate.
    Cricket has changed since the primes of the W's, batsmen being more familiar with reverse swing, the advent of T-20 leagues, they did prioritize county cricket over national duty for a few seasons as well, i wonder if they could have handled the cricketing workload today.

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    I cant believe Pakistan produced great talent for a few key years during Imran's era and very little after that

    Problem is that the good raw talent is getting lost in the crowd somewhere.... people like wasim, waqar who got handpicked earlier, there is no-one to do it now...the expectation is to find t20 players (not specialists) who will graduate into test players which is all wrong

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    Quote Originally Posted by Savak View Post
    Cricket has changed since the primes of the W's, batsmen being more familiar with reverse swing, the advent of T-20 leagues, they did prioritize county cricket over national duty for a few seasons as well, i wonder if they could have handled the cricketing workload today.
    Form is temporary, class is permanent.



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    You have to stick by the young players, be patient and if they’re good enough they’ll do well, I’ve always said this

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    To be a winning and a successful test team , a team must be a good bowling attack and in terms of international matches experience even including Abbas, this PAK team team is quite inexperience excluding Yasir Shah, who is the only reliable and experienced bowler in the current attack

    The blame should not be on young inexperienced bowlers but the think tank who have planned and build the Pak team lineup in the previous and recent years which was Inzimam/Arther/Sarfaraz and now Misbah/Azhar

    It is not the players who are to blame but the planning of Pak team which is quite poor especially in building a bowling attack have been historically poor , it is a fact when you see the number of test wickets a Pak bowler has taken in recent years or exactly after the retirements of Wasim/Waqar who were not only Pak greats but also World Cricket greats

    If you look at the stats for bowlers after the Wasim/Waqar era you have names like Shoaib Akhtar Umar Gul Mohammad Amir Mohammad Sami Wahab Riaz Junaid Khan Shabbir Ahmed & Asif who were promising but couldn't last longer or lead or build a threatening bowling attack over a long period of time, they came and were hyped and then were blamed and then faded away, this cycle is repeating all over again with Pak since Wasim/Waqar era

    IMO all blame should go to the planners like the recent head/bowling coaches like Waqar,Mickey,Intikhab Alam,Miandad,Woolmer,Dav Whatmore,Mahmood and captains like Afridi,Inzy,Misbah and Sarfaraz (these names comes to one"s mind who have had a much longer stint with Pak team as coach or captain),they select and give chances to the bowlers, it is quite clear from the facts that, Pak planning team cant identify more good bowlers and then if they do identify them then, they cant develop them to be world beaters or make them durable who can last longer than at-least 50 tests

    the best they can produce is make or degrade a promising bowler to an average and then end their caree but they dont have the ability to do the opposite

    To me it looks like to be a successful "Pak" bowler you have to be a special individual who not only have talent but also has the work ethics and discipline like Wasim/Waqar because in Pak team you wont get no coaches/captains who are capable of making an average bowler into a good skillful one

    There is absolutely no proof to back that Pak coaches/captains are capable of developing and building a fast bowler, Pakistan is still stuck in old times and are still trying to come out that old times where they still believe a saviour or special individuals like Wasim/Waqar will come and make the team great again who did it all on their own ability really

    For all the top teams, Cricket is a team game where you plan/build/develop the team but for Pakistan it looks like, still it is an individual game where you have to learn, survive and develop your own game to be the best because there isn't no one capable of grooming a raw promising bowler into a great or reliable bowler in the current PAK planning team or a matter of fact never have been since the retirement Wasim/Waqar.

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    If these 90s ex-players remain in charge, I don't see any meaningful or positive change. They are just their to take salaries and takeorders from mafia within PCB.

    We have seen with Inzamam and Waqar what they do to the team. They instead block domestic performers. And try to fit in their relatives.

    These 90s players and their bloated egos have ruined our cricket.

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    Too much focus is on T20 cricket and bowlers look to go all out knowing they only have to bowl 4 overs that too not mostly in one go.

    Pakistan needs to reform its approach and start concentrating and finding players who's main focus is to play all formats and especially test cricket.

    Test cricket is the hardest and the most important format which many people don't want to play or want to put the hard yards into becoming one.

    Zahid being given a role by the PCB is a good initiative but it will be very tough job as he's not going to see much talents if you want them in the best formats.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Geil View Post
    To be a winning and a successful test team , a team must be a good bowling attack and in terms of international matches experience even including Abbas, this PAK team team is quite inexperience excluding Yasir Shah, who is the only reliable and experienced bowler in the current attack

    The blame should not be on young inexperienced bowlers but the think tank who have planned and build the Pak team lineup in the previous and recent years which was Inzimam/Arther/Sarfaraz and now Misbah/Azhar

    It is not the players who are to blame but the planning of Pak team which is quite poor especially in building a bowling attack have been historically poor , it is a fact when you see the number of test wickets a Pak bowler has taken in recent years or exactly after the retirements of Wasim/Waqar who were not only Pak greats but also World Cricket greats

    If you look at the stats for bowlers after the Wasim/Waqar era you have names like Shoaib Akhtar Umar Gul Mohammad Amir Mohammad Sami Wahab Riaz Junaid Khan Shabbir Ahmed & Asif who were promising but couldn't last longer or lead or build a threatening bowling attack over a long period of time, they came and were hyped and then were blamed and then faded away, this cycle is repeating all over again with Pak since Wasim/Waqar era

    IMO all blame should go to the planners like the recent head/bowling coaches like Waqar,Mickey,Intikhab Alam,Miandad,Woolmer,Dav Whatmore,Mahmood and captains like Afridi,Inzy,Misbah and Sarfaraz (these names comes to one"s mind who have had a much longer stint with Pak team as coach or captain),they select and give chances to the bowlers, it is quite clear from the facts that, Pak planning team cant identify more good bowlers and then if they do identify them then, they cant develop them to be world beaters or make them durable who can last longer than at-least 50 tests

    the best they can produce is make or degrade a promising bowler to an average and then end their caree but they dont have the ability to do the opposite

    To me it looks like to be a successful "Pak" bowler you have to be a special individual who not only have talent but also has the work ethics and discipline like Wasim/Waqar because in Pak team you wont get no coaches/captains who are capable of making an average bowler into a good skillful one

    There is absolutely no proof to back that Pak coaches/captains are capable of developing and building a fast bowler, Pakistan is still stuck in old times and are still trying to come out that old times where they still believe a saviour or special individuals like Wasim/Waqar will come and make the team great again who did it all on their own ability really

    For all the top teams, Cricket is a team game where you plan/build/develop the team but for Pakistan it looks like, still it is an individual game where you have to learn, survive and develop your own game to be the best because there isn't no one capable of grooming a raw promising bowler into a great or reliable bowler in the current PAK planning team or a matter of fact never have been since the retirement Wasim/Waqar.
    POTW, that final paragraph especially is bang on and exactly why Pakistan cricket is mired in mediocrity.

    International cricket today requires thorough planning, attention to detail, strategy making and then having players who can execute that strategy on the field. Meanwhile the cult of the individual remains strong in Pakistan cricket where we're relying on individual superstars to carry the team.

    Even in the 90s our team as a unit was dysfunctional. There were countless times in ODI cricket where we'd collapse dismally to a score of 150-200 - but were simply lucky we had ATG bowlers to bail us out and defend such cheap totals.

    In any other era we'd have lost those games. Relying on that formula is not sustainable !

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    The last great fast bowlers from Pakistan were Mo Asif and Mo Amir in 2010.

    Its been 10 years and no other bowler had made any notable impact in last 10 years apart from one or two good performance here and there.

    High hopes from Shaheen and Naseem !!

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    ISLAMABAD, Aug 24 (APP): National High Performance Centre (NHPC), fast-bowling coach Mohammad Zahid wants to see Pakistan producing greats like Wasim Akram, Waqar Younis and Shoaib Akhtar, saying there was incredible talent in the country that just needs guidance to produce the right results.

    “I see this as a great opportunity to work with fast-bowlers in Pakistan of varying ages and varying levels of experience. I’m really looking forward to the challenge and it gives me a chance to share my experiences, both good and bad with the bowlers that I will be working with,” pakpassion.net quoted him as saying.

    Pakistan is blessed with great resources when it comes to the art of fast-bowling, but, this talent needs to be guided to produce the right results and this was exactly what Zahid, who was recently appointed at NHPC in Lahore, was looking forward to doing in his new role.

    “There’s an incredible amount of pace-bowling talent in Pakistan, you just have to nurture that talent, guide it and then let it flourish. I’ve always believed that natural flair and ability should be allowed to blossom and not curtailed. As a coach, you should be there to guide and to get the best out of the players, without overhauling a player’s natural ability.”

    Whilst the emergence of the likes of Shaheen Shah Afridi, Naseem Shah, Mohammad Musa and Mohammad Hasnain has rekindled hopes of a resurgence of Pakistan as a fast-bowling powerhouse, Zahid hopes to play a pivotal role in bringing many more such talented bowlers to the fore.

    “I want to see Pakistan producing Wasim Akrams, Waqar Younis’ and Shoaib Akhtars once again. I want to help Pakistan cricket produce great fast bowlers and be the best in the world when it comes to pace-bowling. I feel that we have not been at the levels of yesteryear when it comes to pace-bowling talent in recent times and that needs to change.”

    Zahid, whose international career consisted of just 5 Tests and 11 ODIs, was determined to ensure that the younger players were given the right guidance for better and brighter futures.

    “My career ended prematurely, and it still hurts me that I did not fulfil my ambitions. I did undoubtedly learn some harsh lessons as a result of my career ending much earlier than I had envisaged and I hope to share what went well and what did not go so well in my career with the current fast bowlers in Pakistan. It’s important that young cricketers learn from former players and how their careers progressed so they can realise that hard work pays off and the good days don’t last forever,” he said.

    The former pacer also expressed his pleasure at being given the opportunity to serve his country once again. “I’m delighted that the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) has given me a chance to work at the NHPC. Whilst living in the UK I have been obtaining my coaching badges with the aim of one day working for PCB and giving back something to cricket in my country. That opportunity has finally come, and I can’t wait to get started in the role,” he said.

    https://www.app.com.pk/sports/zahid-...-waqar-shoaib/


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    Quote Originally Posted by Geil View Post
    To be a winning and a successful test team , a team must be a good bowling attack and in terms of international matches experience even including Abbas, this PAK team team is quite inexperience excluding Yasir Shah, who is the only reliable and experienced bowler in the current attack

    The blame should not be on young inexperienced bowlers but the think tank who have planned and build the Pak team lineup in the previous and recent years which was Inzimam/Arther/Sarfaraz and now Misbah/Azhar

    It is not the players who are to blame but the planning of Pak team which is quite poor especially in building a bowling attack have been historically poor , it is a fact when you see the number of test wickets a Pak bowler has taken in recent years or exactly after the retirements of Wasim/Waqar who were not only Pak greats but also World Cricket greats

    If you look at the stats for bowlers after the Wasim/Waqar era you have names like Shoaib Akhtar Umar Gul Mohammad Amir Mohammad Sami Wahab Riaz Junaid Khan Shabbir Ahmed & Asif who were promising but couldn't last longer or lead or build a threatening bowling attack over a long period of time, they came and were hyped and then were blamed and then faded away, this cycle is repeating all over again with Pak since Wasim/Waqar era

    IMO all blame should go to the planners like the recent head/bowling coaches like Waqar,Mickey,Intikhab Alam,Miandad,Woolmer,Dav Whatmore,Mahmood and captains like Afridi,Inzy,Misbah and Sarfaraz (these names comes to one"s mind who have had a much longer stint with Pak team as coach or captain),they select and give chances to the bowlers, it is quite clear from the facts that, Pak planning team cant identify more good bowlers and then if they do identify them then, they cant develop them to be world beaters or make them durable who can last longer than at-least 50 tests

    the best they can produce is make or degrade a promising bowler to an average and then end their caree but they dont have the ability to do the opposite

    To me it looks like to be a successful "Pak" bowler you have to be a special individual who not only have talent but also has the work ethics and discipline like Wasim/Waqar because in Pak team you wont get no coaches/captains who are capable of making an average bowler into a good skillful one

    There is absolutely no proof to back that Pak coaches/captains are capable of developing and building a fast bowler, Pakistan is still stuck in old times and are still trying to come out that old times where they still believe a saviour or special individuals like Wasim/Waqar will come and make the team great again who did it all on their own ability really

    For all the top teams, Cricket is a team game where you plan/build/develop the team but for Pakistan it looks like, still it is an individual game where you have to learn, survive and develop your own game to be the best because there isn't no one capable of grooming a raw promising bowler into a great or reliable bowler in the current PAK planning team or a matter of fact never have been since the retirement Wasim/Waqar.
    Yup, POTW.

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    National High Performance Centre (NHPC), fast-bowling coach Mohammad Zahid wants to see Pakistan producing greats like Wasim Akram, Waqar Younis and Shoaib Akhtar, saying there was incredible talent in the country that just needs guidance to produce the right results. ‘I see this as a great opportunity to work with fast-bowlers in Pakistan of varying ages and varying levels of experience. I’m really looking forward to the challenge and it gives me a chance to share my experiences, both good and bad with the bowlers that I will be working with,’ pakpassion.net quoted him as saying. Pakistan is blessed with great resources when it comes to art of fast-bowling, but, this talent needs to be guided to produce right results and this was exactly what Zahid, who was recently appointed at NHPC in Lahore, was looking forward to doing in his new role. ‘There’s an incredible amount of pace-bowling talent in Pakistan, you just have to nurture that talent, guide it and then let it flourish. I’ve always believed that natural flair and ability should be allowed to blossom and not curtailed. As a coach, you should be there to guide and to get best out of players.

    https://pakobserver.net/zahid-wants-...es-cricketers/


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    Reports indicate that Mohammad Zahid is arriving in Lahore on 7th September to join the NHPC.


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    My two rupee's.

    Mohammed Abbas - Excellent seam bowler and deadly accurate.
    The problem is his pace (arguably doesn't need it).
    The second problem is a lack of strong support bowlers. Batsmen are more than happy to play ultra defensive against him and target the others.

    Shaheen Afridi - Lethal with the new ball. Absolutely lethal. His lack of experience is telling though when the ball isn't doing much. Needs to find a more dangerous variety i.e. Slower balls.

    Nasheem Shah - Young and very quick. Biggest concern again is lack of experience and doesn't seem to show much in the same of seaming or swinging the ball. The jury is still out on him imo.

    Wahab Riaz, Sohail Khan, Rahat Ali- In the latter stages of their careers and despite clear talent, they are tried and tested.

    Ruman Raees, Usman Shinwari - Always seem to have been on the fringe. Talent is there.

    Imran Khan - Honestly i don't know much about him.

    Mohammed Amir - I want the guy to do well but he seems to have lost the spark, that's the honest truth. Amir bowling at 18 years old and Amir bowling today is like watching two different bowlers. I could be wrong, but I think he harbours some resentment towards the game after what happened with the spot-fixing.

    Musa, Hasnain - Again, like Nasheem Shah - Seem to have the pace but lack experience due to young age. From what i've seen, Hasnain needs to work on his control.

    Conclusion

    The talent is there, no doubt. What the PCB needs is a robust domestic system and let these guys play, play and play. Let them get that experience.

    Not all will get to test their mettle at county cricket, but it is something that should be (and probable is) encouraged.

    Get them out playing in T20 Franchises. No, it's not Test cricket. But playing in different grounds with different players will help them grow up and provides financial incentives.



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    Excited to be part of Pakistan cricket in this new phase: Mohammad Zahid

    LAHORE, Sep 15 (APP): Newly appointed fast bowling coach at the National High Performance Centre (NHPC), Mohammad Zahid has expressed his excitement on his return to Pakistan cricket for the first time since he left international cricket.

    44-year-old Zahid was regarded as one of the fastest bowlers on the international circuit in his hey days; he took 11 wickets on his Test debut against New Zealand in Rawalpindi in 1996 but unfortunately could only make a total of 16 international appearances for Pakistan due to a back injury that cut short his career.

    Zahid who had been based in the UK for the last many years where he pursued a coaching career after hanging his bowling boots wants to make a big impact at the NHPC; this will be his first-ever coaching stint with the Pakistan Cricket Board.

    Zahid has fully backed the revamped NHPC which now includes some of the biggest names of the game on its roster.

    “I am really looking forward to this opportunity, I want to repose the confidence the PCB management has shown in me. This is the first time that I have got a chance to work for Pakistan cricket since my playing days and I think I am ready to work in accordance with the NHPC vision.

    “The things that I could not achieve in my playing days due to my injury, I now want to see the youngsters achieve for Pakistan. What excites me further is the fact that PCB has revamped both domestic and high-performance cricket, the presence and recent induction of some all-time greats including Mohammad Yousuf, Saqlain Mushtaq, Misbah-ul-Haq, Younis Khan, Mushtaq Ahmed, Ijaz Ahmed and Waqar Younis among others is a wonderful step in the right direction for Pakistan cricket and I am thrilled and honoured to be a part of such a star-studded coaching set-up at the NHPC and the Pakistan men’s senior and junior teams.”

    Speaking to media at the NHPC here on Tuesday, Zahid brushed aside the impression that Pakistan’s glory days in the fast bowling department were a thing of the past; he feels that the current crop of bowlers has it in them to emulate the greats of the 80s and 90s.

    “I don’t think we have lost much on the fast bowling front, I think we have remained very fortunate that we have had fast bowlers coming through at the top-level for a long time. Punjab and Southern Punjab have rich tradition of fast bowling. Presently, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa looks like a goldmine for fast bowlers.

    “There is of course abundance of talent in the rest of the country also and my aim would be to identify, groom and harness the abilities of those bowlers. Some of the talented fast bowlers might have been lost in recent years but I still think we have a strong group of fast bowlers.

    “I am really excited that I will get to work with them, I feel good things are set to happen and soon.”

    Zahid who took 143 wickets in his 43 match first-class career added that the new role was a big responsibility on his shoulders and his aim is to make full use of his playing and coaching experience in his new role.

    “It’s a big role and I have to elaborate plans that I want to implement in the area of my specialization. I have learned and adopted coaching skills during my time in the UK and I feel I am fully prepared to implement them in Pakistan in what is an incredibly exciting time in our cricket. As time progresses, I would reveal them with an aim of having all stakeholders on the same page.”

    https://www.app.com.pk/sports/excite...ohammad-zahid/

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    Let's see where these Wasims and Waqars are going to come from.




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