Swing king Akram to train S Lanka pac­ers

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Sri Lanka yes­ter­day said it has roped in leg­endary Pak­istan pace­man Wasim Akram as a men­tor ahead of the team’s gru­elling tour of South Africa next month. Akram, 50, will con­duct a day-long coach­ing clinic in Colombo to­day, Sri Lanka Cricket said, in what would be the first of a se­ries of pro­grammes in­volv­ing for­eign ex­perts. “We are hon­oured that Akram has ac­cepted our in­vi­ta­tion to be a part of this ini­tia­tive,” Sri Lanka Cricket chief Thi­langa Su­math­ipala said. Su­math­ipala also said the 2019 World Cup could be within the grasp of Sri Lanka if the team is given the right guid­ance. Sri Lanka won the World Cup in 1996 but choked twice in the fi­nals of the 2007 and 2011 edi­tions. The lat­est coach­ing ses­sion comes as the vic­to­ri­ous team re­turned home Tues­day after beat­ing Zim­babwe in a two-Test se­ries in Harare and lift­ing a tri­an­gu­lar tour­na­ment that also in­volved the West Indies. Re­garded as one of the best left-arm pace­men ever to grace the game, Akram took 414 Test wick­ets and 502 in 356 one-day in­ter­na­tion­als-both still a Pak­istan record. Sri Lanka are set to tour South Africa for three Tests, three T20 matches and five ODIs start­ing De­cem­ber 26, with na­tional coach Gra­ham Ford warn­ing of a tough chal­lenge against the for­mi­da­ble Proteas. — AFP

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