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'I am confident that the future will be bright again' - Waqar Younis on Pakistan pacers
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'I am confident that the future will be bright again' - Waqar Younis on Pakistan pacers

Waqar Younis believes Pakistan's next generation of fast bowlers have a bright future ahead of them after they performed reasonably decent during their recent tour of England.

Teenage prodigy Naseem Shah and 20-year-old left-arm quick Shaheen Afridi showed flashes of brilliance as Pakistan finished second-best in their three-match Test series and drew the T20I campaign 1-1.

"Fast bowling is the trademark of Pakistan cricket," said Waqar, who has been serving as Pakistan's bowling coach since the exit of Azhar Mahmood last year.

"There have been so many great ones over the years and I am confident that the future will be bright again," he wrote in a column published on the Pakistan Cricket Board website.

"We have seen already that Naseem Shah and Shaheen Shah Afridi are wonderful bowlers. Muhammad Musa, who was part of the squad in England, is another, and there are a couple in the under-19s also. Of course, Mohammad Abbas is very seasoned and experienced."

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Waqar held the view that Pakistan's emerging pacers would benefit from a useful stint in England's county circuit as it would allow them to prosper and better acclimatise to foreign conditions.

"I know from personal experience how much you can learn from playing in England, getting used to different weather and ground conditions, the pitches, and life off the field also," he said.

"Both Mohammad Amir (Essex) and Mohammad Abbas (Leicestershire) have been really successful for English counties and it has benefited their careers so much as well."

Pakistan's pacemen are known for generating extravagant reverse swing but this strategy was largely absent from their outings in the English summer due to the saliva ban imposed by the ICC.

The global cricket body has temporarily stopped players from shining the ball using spit because of coronavirus concerns, though Waqar felt reverse swing wasn't needed since the Dukes ball stayed harder for longer than other brands.

However, the former Pakistan skipper urged the ICC to mandate only one brand of ball for Test cricket to ease the burden on bowlers.

"It doesn't matter which brand but the ICC should make that decision," he said. "It's hard for bowlers to adjust to using different types of ball when they play around the world."