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Abbottabad boy Ahmad Jamal is Pakistan’s ‘king of speed’

Jamal’s 143km/h delivery wins him honours at competition to find next bowling star

  • AFP
  • Published: 16:49 April 29, 2013
  • Gulf News

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  • This handout photograph released by the Pakistan Cricket Board on April 29, 2013, shows Pakistani paceman Wasim Akram (R) giving tips to bowler Ahmed Jamal during a training camp in Karachi on April 21, 2013. Little-known bowler Ahmed Jamal has vowed to make a name for himself after winning a nationwide "King of Speed" competition launched by cricket chiefs to unearth a new Pakistani quick.

Karachi: Little-known bowler Ahmad Jamal has vowed to make a name for himself after winning a nationwide “King of Speed” competition launched by cricket chiefs to unearth a new Pakistani quick.

Pakistan boast a proud history of pacemen including the likes of Wasim Akram, Waqar Younis and Shoaib Akhtar and Jamal showed he has the pace to frighten batsmen with a fastest delivery of 143 kilometres (88 miles) an hour.

The 24-year-old, who hails from Abbottabad, made famous for being the city where Al Qaida chief Osama Bin Laden was killed by US forces in 2011, came out on top in the competition organised by the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB).

Jamal, who plays first-class cricket for Port Qasim, was delighted to scoop the one million rupee (Dh37,300) prize after the four-man final.

“I am thrilled and very happy,” Jamal said.

“My feet were on the ground before I won this and will remain on the ground after winning the prize as I want to make a name for myself.”

The PCB organised the hunt for fast bowlers after chief selector Iqbal Qasim raised concerns about poor quality in the pace department.

Jamal was picked from trials in Abbottabad earlier this month, one of a series in 10 cities to find a bowler with 145km speed. The other three finalists were Faisal Yasin, Abdul Hameed and Mohammad Imran.

The bowler acknowledged the infamy that bin Laden had brought on Abbottabad and Pakistan after he was shot dead in the garrison city on May 2, 2011. His wives later said they had been living there for five years. “I was in Karachi, playing cricket and was unaware of what happened, but it became the biggest news in the world,” he said.

Former Pakistan paceman Wasim Akram said Jamal, who is six feet four inches tall (1.93 metres), has the ability to thrive.

“I noticed him on the first day and he looks very talented,” Wasim said of Jamal. “I think with some hard work he can increase his pace and can become an asset for the country.”

Jamal said he was inspired to bowl fast by Shoaib Akhtar. “The desire was inspired by watching Shoaib,” Jamal remembered. “I want to achieve his speed and want to bowl as fast as he used to.”

The world's fastest deliveries

1. Shoaib Akhtar: Official world record holder for delivering the fastest ball with 161.3km/h against England in 2003.

2. Brett Lee: His fastest delivery was 160.8km/h in 2005 against New Zealand in Napier.

3. Shaun Tait: Fastest delivery of 160.7km/h against Pakistan in 2010 at Melbourne.

4. Jeff Thomspon: Fastest delivery of 160.4km/h against West Indies in Perth 1975.

5. Andy Roberts: Fastest delivery of 159.5km/h against Australia in 1975

- Compiled by K.R.Nayar, Chief Cricket Writer

Comments (14)

  1. Added 17:36 April 30, 2013

    Masha Allah

    Othman Mahmood, abu dhabi, United Arab Emirates

  2. Added 15:51 April 30, 2013

    Didn't expect this & least from gulfnews. What's the point of terrorism? It really spoils such a nice article. I m really happy to see some one selected for our national team from our province & we should encourge such youngsters. Really difficult to get such heroes as the province is going through one of its bad times. May ALLAH protect us all. Ameen

    Amer Wisal Mohammad, Sharjah, United Arab Emirates

  3. Added 15:17 April 30, 2013

    You forgot to mention World War 1/2 in your article on the fast bowler find in Pakistan. You could at least mention the Boston massacre. What an article!!!

    A.H. Akbari, Dubai, United Arab Emirates

  4. Added 14:28 April 30, 2013

    Good to see new talent & waseem back in building Pak cricket. I do wonder bowling has been pakistan forte was it really required? why not launch batting hunt which is always been a source of worry.

    ishtiaq, dubai, United Arab Emirates

  5. Added 14:07 April 30, 2013

    I think gulf news editors have to draw a line between sports section/news and want to be international/sensational news. If Pak is going through difficult times then this does not mean Pak cannot produce talent so please accept it.

    Abid, Dubai, United Arab Emirates

  6. Added 13:51 April 30, 2013

    "The bowler acknowledged the infamy that bin Laden had brought on Abbottabad and Pakistan after he was shot dead in the garrison city on May 2, 2011. His wives later said they had been living there for five years. “ I was in Karachi, playing cricket and was unaware of what happened, but it became the biggest news in the world,” he said." What kind of journalism is that? Do not practice the typical dirty yellow or sensational journalism that is done in India and Pakistan. Improve your standards.

    fans, dubai, United Arab Emirates

  7. Added 13:43 April 30, 2013

    No worry guys,that is also part of history,good luck to young ahmed jamal.

    ahmad eftekhar, sharjah, United Arab Emirates

  8. Added 11:51 April 30, 2013

    Shoaib Akhtar, We are proud of you !!!

    Adnan, Dubai, United Arab Emirates

  9. Added 11:28 April 30, 2013

    Why is there a need to refer to Bin Laden and Terrorism in an article about Cricket and Pace Bowling. The intention seems malicious. Disgraceful and unnecessary!

    Ameen Ali, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

  10. Added 11:13 April 30, 2013

    Yes Asim, I agree with u, y the mention the al-qaida in artical. This is a game not a some kind of organization. And very proud that my province produce a good bowler.

    Ali, Peshawar, Pakistan

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