LAHORE – Pakistan former captain and renowned paceman Wasim Akram Friday advised Pakistani bowlers to improve their swing bowling if they really want to win internationally. Known as ‘Sultan of swing’ for his mastery, the left-arm fast bowler will train around 15 current and upcoming bowlers at a camp in Karachi from April 20 to 29. Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) invited him to train the national team’s fast bowlers as well for the upcoming eight-nation Champions Trophy in England in June, after Pakistan pace factory failed to impress on tour in South Africa earlier this year. Talking at the launching of the Ufone-PCB talent hunt programme to nurture the country's promising fast bowlers at a key training camp, Wasim said: "The poor performance of our players during the South Africa tour disappointed me a lot and I will try to guide them how to swing the ball which is very significant for performing well at international level." "Out youngsters are not ready to work hard in the way once we had to do in our era. So if they want to become excellent fast bowlers they will have to bear with the scorching heat and should keep on learning and improving their game and skills to maintain their quality," he said. Talking about the world’s tallest bowler M Irfan, the 46-year-old lef-arm bowler said he had to work hard on his fitness which could help him in improving his bowling. "If Irfan maintains his fitness and keeps himself fit then I am sure he can play for three to four years." Wasim also expressed hope that India would allow Pakistan players to feature in their Twenty20 Indian Premier League (IPL). "I think politics should stay away from sports and only this way. Pakistani bowlers are better than Indian bowlers and have potential to do wonder so their presence in the ILP will benefit the league," he added. Meanwhile, Ufone signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the PCB to invest into the cricket talent pool of Pakistan and to provide opportunities for the development and growth of young Pakistani fast bowlers. PCB GM media Nadeem Sarwar said under the signed MOU, cricketing legend and fast bowler Wasim Akram, who is also the brand ambassador of Ufone, would hold a camp for the bowlers in the national team. “Ufone in collaboration with PCB will also search for the fastest bowlers in the country. The activity will be carried out nationwide as the candidates will be selected from eight to ten cities over five to seven days time across the country and any bowler with a bowling speed of 140 kmph or more will be selected,” he added. “To facilitate this grand activity, the cricket board will extend full support for selection in each of the cities and will also provide speed detecting guns for the selection of candidates. Under a wild card selection, the top three bowlers will be selected to join Wasim in Karachi at the camp being held for the top Pakistani bowlers and get an opportunity of their lifetime to be a part of this moment in cricket history,” he said. Speaking at the occasion, Chief Commercial Officer Ufone Salman Wassay said: “We take pride in offering productive openings to the youth. Bowling has always been the strength of each Pakistani outfit and our nation will be jubilant at the existence of a couple of tear away fast bowlers in the team. This agreement is an effort from Ufone to find the fastest arm in the country.” He said that this activity could be the founding step for a long-lasting relationship with the PCB, and Ufone would continue to explore other avenues to further cooperate with the board and conduct similar activities to cater to the needs of our young talent. Salman said towards the end of the programme, there would be a grand prize of Rs one million for the bowler who would achieve the bowling speed of above 145 kmph. In case of multiple participants achieving this speed, the winner would be selected through another round or amount to be equally shared. Paying tribute to Ufone, PCB COO Subhan Ahmad said: “This indeed is a positive step by Ufone. With this initiative, we will be able to hunt hidden heroes and the camp will help groom them for the future of cricket in the country.” Subhan said Ufone had provided the golden opportunity for the youth to benefit from this activity and play their due role on the national level.