'Shami deserves a chance'

Calcutta: Former Pakistan captain Wasim Akram said time has come that the Indian selectors pick youngsters, who have potential to be successful at the international level.

"It's time that India look for new faces or tell the present bunch to shape up or ship out. I will suggest a certain Shami Ahmed to get a look in. The Bengal pacer is just 22 but has a tremendous potential.

"Having worked with him for Kolkata Knight Riders from 2011 season, I believe bowlers like him are Team India's future," Akram told a website.

Akram is a big fan of Shami, who finished with nine wickets in the last Ranji Trophy match against Hyderabad. Shami, too, had said that much of his success was because of tips he got from the legendary bowler. "To be very honest, the future of Indian bowling looks bleak. Zaheer Khan looked average in the three Tests versus England and then got dropped. Ishant Sharma was okay in patches but after five years at the international level you have to be more consistent.

"I am afraid he is going the Mohammed Sami way ' a wasted talent. Umesh Yadav seems to be injury prone and the selectors don't pick Varun Aaron," Akram said.

Apart from Pragyan Ojha (20 wickets) and Ravichandran Ashwin (12), no Indian bowler bagged more than five wickets in the four-match Test series against, which India lost 1-2.

Akram also said that the England's support staff was better equipped than their Indian counterpart. "The lack of planning in the Indian team was pretty visible even on the television screens and that reflected on the bowling front as well.

It seemed the bowlers were going through the motion rather than planning their wickets. "England's team director Andy Flower, bowling coach Mushtaq Ahmad and batting coach Graham Gooch were all in sync unlike the Indian backroom staff," said Akram.

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