Islamabad: Tall fast bowler Mohammad Irfan is hoping some advice from the legendary Wasim Akram will help him increase his pace for this June's Champions Trophy in England. At 7-feet-1 (2.16 metres) Irfan is the world's tallest pace bowler and has taken 14 wickets in nine one-day internationals in an injury-hit career.
The 30-year-old Irfan was sidelined for more than two years due to injuries after making his debut in 2010 against England before becoming an integral part of the national team since December last year. "I have to add some speed in my bowling," Irfan told reporters at Akram's training camp in Karachi on Monday. "My height is a big advantage and it is getting me respect and popularity as well."
Irfan could not take a wicket in his two ODIs against England at Chester-le-Street and Leeds when he last played there in 2010 before his long layoff from international cricket. But after bowling well in seaming conditions in South Africa, he is confident to do well in Champions Trophy against Group B opponents West Indies, South Africa and India.
"The past is behind me as I could not do much the first time I played there," Irfan said, adding that Akram "is telling me how to bowl there, like yorkers and full length deliveries."...more
05:18 PM, Apr 22, 2013