Four more bowlers have been selected on the third day of trials in Islamabad and Karachi by the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB), in collaboration with Ufone, to hunt fast-bowling talent from across the country.

[caption id="attachment_548" align="alignright" width="300"]PCB will give away a grand prize of Rs1 million to the bowler who achieves the fastest speed over 145 kph PCB will give away a grand prize of Rs1 million to the bowler who achieves the fastest speed over 145 kph[/caption]

The officials selected Nasir Malik and Akhtar Ayub from Islamabad with top speeds of 138 kph and 137 kph and Abdul Ameer and Muhammad Imran Khan from Karachi with top speed of 132 kph.

Under the programme “King of Speed”, the board is seeking for bowlers who can bowl with a speed of 145 kph (90 mph) or more.

Six bowlers were earlier selected from Faisalabad, Multan and Garhi Khuda Bakhsh.

In Faisalabad, trials were held on Sunday where scores of candidates showed their talents. Two lucky ones, Faisal Rana and Rana Adil, were selected.

In the round one, 20 bowlers will be selected from 10 cities (two from each city), who will then join round two. After round two, three pacers selected via wild card entry will join Pakistan bowling great Wasim Akram in the final round to be held the National Stadium of Karachi.

The trials began from Multan and Garhi Khuda Bakhsh on Saturday, where Atta Ullah, Amir Yamin, Wajid Ali and Mahfooz Ahmed were selected.

The “King of Speed” trials are set to take place in Peshawar (April 16), Quetta and Abbottabad (April 17), Mirpur (April 18) and Lahore (April 20) as well.

The organisers will give away a grand prize of Rs1 million to the bowler who achieves the fastest speed over 145 kph. And in case of more than one winners, the amount will be equally shared.

Pakistan bowling great Wasim Akram will also be helping the PCB to unearth the obscure talent in the country as he is not coaching the Kolkata Knight Riders in this season of the IPL.

Pakistan’s fast bowlers once dominated the international cricket and the team was famous for their production line of quicks.

But the country has been lacking quality pacers for quite a while, prompting PCB’s chief selector Iqbal Qasim to say last month that if serious efforts were not made, Pakistan might not get quality pacers.
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