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When Akram came calling...

With Waqar Younis as the head coach and Aaqib Javed the bowling coach, there is no dearth of advice for the five pacers in Pakistan's squad.

cricket Updated: Feb 24, 2011 01:17 IST
Amol Karhadkar

With Waqar Younis as the head coach and Aaqib Javed the bowling coach, there is no dearth of advice for the five pacers in Pakistan's squad. But for the two left-arm seamers, Wahab Riaz and rookie Junaid Khan, Wednesday turned out to be special despite not being picked in the eleven against Kenya.

The reason? Former Pakistan great Wasim Akram spent a considerable time with the duo before the start of Pakistan's Cup campaign here. Though Akram is not averse to giving pace bowling tips to young bowlers, he would not have liked to interrupt the team's practice session. However, once the wizard arrived at the ground, his former new-ball partner Waqar wasn't going to waste the opportunity. It was learnt he requested Akram to have a look at the youngsters, and he happily obliged.

He watched Riaz and Khan at the nets and discussed the intricacies of bowling in Sri Lanka, where Pakistan will play all their league games.

The tips would have done Riaz and Khan, who came in as Sohail Tanvir's injury replacement, a world of good, especially in terms of confidence.