Sarfraz may go the Akram way
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Sarfraz may go the Akram way

RP Singh and Sreesanth got tips from the former pacer who gave cricket the art called reverse swing.

india Updated: Feb 08, 2006 18:14 IST

Wasim Akram's tips to Irfan Pathan made the former Pakistani pacemen a villain of sort in his country in 2004 and the same could be the fate of another fiery pacer of the yesteryears, Sarfraz Nawaz, who went out of his way to help the Rudra Pratap Singh and S Sreesanth.

Reverse swing is an art the Ws, Wasim and Waqar, used with devastating effect. But few people know that it was actually Sarfraz who discovered it as early as in 1967.

In the reception hosted by Indian High Commissioner Shivshanker Menon for the India and Pakistan cricket teams at his residence hereon Tuesdayevening, RP Singh and Sreesanth were all ears, along with coach Greg Chappell, as Sarfraz explained the subtle tricks of the trade to the rookie pacers.

Sarfraz, who worked with banned Pakistani pacer Shabbir Ahmed to help him make a comeback in international cricket, insisted maintaining line and length was important for bowlers with limited pace.

Considered a stormy petrel of Pakistan cricket, Sarfraz mooted the idea of having a joint bowlers' camp for both the team and said he would be more than happy to coach the pacers.

First Published: Feb 08, 2006 18:14 IST