Akram coaches Sri Lanka for Proteas clash

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December 1, 2016
Akram coaches Sri Lanka for Proteas clash

SECRET WEAPON: Pakistan legend Wasim Akram

Ford: We’ve got a huge challenge coming our way

Sri Lanka hope that legendary Pakistan paceman Wasim Akram can be their secret weapon against the Proteas for the their tour over the holidays.

Akram, 50, is scheduled to conduct a day-long coaching clinic in Colombo on Thursday, Sri Lanka Cricket (SLC) said, in what would be the first of a series of programmes involving foreign experts.

SLC chief Thilanga Sumathipala says: “We are honoured that Mr. Akram has accepted our invitation to be a part of this initiative.

Regarded as one of the best left-arm pacemen ever to grace the game, Akram took 414 Test wickets and 502 in 356 ODIs – both still a Pakistan record.

Sri Lanka are set to tour South Africa for three Tests, three T20 matches and five ODIs starting on December 26, with national coach Graham Ford warning of a tough challenge against the formidable Proteas.

Sri Lanka, who also won a three-Test home series against Australia in August, are ranked seventh in Test ratings.

Ex-Proteas coach Ford says: “We’ve got a huge challenge coming our way.

“Everybody knows how well South Africa is playing. We have to improve in all three disciplines.”

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