PCB launches 'King of Speed' hunt for quicks to overcome pace bowling drought

Johannesburg, Apr 11 (ANI): To overcome a shortage of quality pacemen in the country, Pakistan has launched a hunt for fast bowlers.

Although the country was once known for its quality quicks, however, in the recent times, the lack of quality pace bowlers has been a concern, with the country's chief selector Iqbal Qasim raising fears that Pakistan might not get quality stuff in the pace department unless concerted efforts were made, Sport24 reports.

According to the report, the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) will seek out bowlers who can hit 145 kilometres per hour (kph) under the 'King of Speed' programme for training them in a special camp with legendary left-armer Wasim Akram as mentor.

The PCB said in a statement that the 'King of Speed' camps will be set up in ten cities across Pakistan from 13 to 21st April, with the trials for the camps to be held in two phases.

The report further said that Akram had agreed to help the PCB find talented fast bowlers and also help the current bowlers in the national team ahead of the eight-nation Champions Trophy to be held in England from June 6-23.

The report also mentioned that the PCB, along with their sponsors, will award one million rupees to the bowler who achieves the fastest speed above 145 kph. (ANI)