Pakistan has been a hub of raw talents, especially fast bowlers. The country has produced some of the finest young talents who have gone to make big names for themselves. In an interesting conversation with former Australia cricketer turn expert Dean Jones, Pakistan pace legend Wasim Akram said, his country in the “Brazil of Cricket”.
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In the recent times, fast bowler Shaheen Afridi has shown his potential for Pakistan. Commentator Rameez Raja also believes the future of fast bowling in the country is secure.
Pakistan the talent factory: Dean Jones to Wasim Akram
Dean Jones coached Karachi Kings in the Pakistan Super League (PSL). He closely watched the young talents and was in all praises for them in an interaction with Wasim Akram. He also added, in Australia, there is always a discussion about the talents in Pakistan.
“You’re (Pakistan) the talent factory. We in Australia always used to say that Pakistan have so much talent, it’s just the matter of how you harness it.
To this, Akram replied in a jiffy, “…..Raw talent, It’s like Brazil of ; cricket.”
Pakistan bring different techniques: Dean Jones
Swing and pace was something Pakistan fast bowlers produced in abundance. Dean Jones said they brought different techniques to international cricket besides adding they had different attitudes.
“Pakistanis bring different techniques to international cricket, different attitudes fast bowlers like yourself (Wasim) and Waqar (Younis), Shoaib (Akhtar), and of course Abdul (Qadir) and Mushi (Mushtaq Ahmed) and all these great bowlers that are coming through even now.”
“Cricket is in the DNA, it’s been great for a long time but really started to turn big time in the late 80s when Imran took over, when you rip England apart in front of a 100 thousand people at MCG (in 1992) was amazing.”