Having represented his nation in five cricket World Cups, Pakistani legend Wasim Akram was recently quoted stating he feels it will be a “challenge” for sub-continent bowlers to perform well in this edition of the World Cup, scheduled to be held in Australia and New Zealand.
Akram, who was instrumental in Pakistan’s 1992 triumph under the leadership of Imran Khan, said bowlers (especially pacers) should be extra fit to handle conditions in the land Down Under.
“I am not trying to create any fear, but the ICC Cricket World Cup 2015 will be a big challenge for the bowlers, especially those from the sub-continent,” Akram wrote in his ICC column.
“They need to be extra fit to cope up with the pitches in Australia and by that I mean that they will need to have a strong back. The first impact of the tremendous workload is felt by your back and so my advice to all the fast bowlers is to go to Australia a fortnight before the World Cup starts and as part of your training just run, run and run. Once you attain the needed fitness, that’s half the job done,” said the former Captain.
In the same column Akram goes on to state that Australia is not all about pacers but that tracks in Adelaide and Sydney will help tweakers as well.
“The pitches in Adelaide and Sydney offer more help to the spinners and are also good for batting. The MCG pitch can assist seam bowlers but the bounce there often helps the batsmen. Spinners can also do well in Australia but they must not be afraid of being hit. The grounds are bigger so there is always a chance of a mis-hit.”