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.”