Wasim Akram, the legendary Pakistani pacer, has been roped in as a mentor for the Srilankan team for their upcoming tour of South Africa. The Pakistani ‘King of Swing’ will be the first one to give a day-long training to the team. The Sri Lanka Cricket Board (SLC) has taken an initiative towards the development of the game in which a series of Brainstorming events will be conducted by various International Cricketing experts over the next few months. The 50-year-old dynamic pacer will inaugurate the event where he will conduct a day-long coaching clinic in Colombo to train the pacers.
Sri Lanka Cricket chief Thilanga Sumathipala expressed his gratitude and said that he is honored to have Wasim as a part of this programme and he is thankful that Wasim has accepted his invitation. He aslo said that if the team is given the right guidance, the upcoming 2019 World Cup will be within the Grasp of Srilanka.
The coaching programme will further boost the confidence of the Sri Lankan team as they have recently defeated Zimbabwe in a two-Test series in Harare and also lifted a triangular tournament involving West Indies.
Sri Lanka’s South African tour will begin on 26 December which will consist of three tests, three T20 matches and five ODIs. Sri Lanka has been ranked seventh in Test ratings after winning a three-Test home series against Australia in August, whereas, South Africa holds the fifth position in test rankings.
Wasim Akram is considered as one of the best pacers who has graced the sport as he holds 414 wickets to his name in the Test format and 502 wickets in ODI.
30 November 2016
Avni S. Singh