NEW DELHI: Mohammad Aamir, Pakistan’s find in the Twenty20 World Cup, has all the attributes of a good pacer but needs to put on some weight to survive the rigour of international cricket, said former Pakistan captain and bowling great Wasim Akram.
Thrust into the international stage in the Twenty20 World Cup, 17-year-old Aamir excelled as Pakistan’s new ball bowler in the just-concluded tournament and Akram was proud that he was involved in spotting the young talent.
“Look out for this young man. I spotted him along with Mudassar Nazar and Aaqib Javed two years ago at a training camp. He played for Pakistan under-19 and now he is opening the attack. He is definitely promising,” Akram said.
“For someone who can consistently bowl at 90 miles an hour, Aamir is definitely cut out for pace bowling. He is tall and need to put on some weight to gain extra power,” Akram said.
Akram added that the gangling Rawalpindi youngster can swing it more with the Kookaburra ball and felt Aamir’s rise would be bad news for fellow pacer Sohail Tanvir.
“He (Aamir) will get more wickets with the Kookaburra ball. He has a natural outswinger. With a Kookaburra, he will get the ball to come in and that will be even more deadly.
“Aamir has already replaced Sohail Tanvir in the line-up and if he can maintain his fitness, then Tanvir may not make the team again,” he said.