‘Developing a ‘new ball’ to improve bowling outside powerplay overs’

Karachi: Pakistan’s all-rounder Imad Wasim is aiming to improve his bowling outside the powerplay over and for this, he is working on a ‘new ball’.
The 31-year-old has revealed that he will launch his new delivery very soon. “I’m developing a new ball, which hopefully you’ll see next time I play international cricket if I keep working hard on it. I want to learn new balls that make me a different kind of a bowler outside the powerplay,” he said to ESPNCricinfo.
He further said that there not many bowlers around in world cricket who bowls aggressively outside powerplay overs.
“I don’t think there are many aggressive spinners in the powerplay. After the powerplay, yes, there are a lot of aggressive spinners, but in the powerplay, there aren’t a lot around the world, so I’m really happy that teams think I am one of them,” he added.
Imad wants the cricket fraternity to consider him as a pure all-rounder and not just a left-arm spinner.
“I’m ranked No. 3 in the world [in ODIs]. I don’t want to be considered a bowler. I just want to become a pure allrounder. I’m working hard and the rest is up to God,” he maintained.
It must be noted that Imad was in England where he was representing Notts Outlaws, who won the Blast T2. He took eight wickets at an economy rate of 7.21. He will join Northern from tomorrow and will lead them in the second leg of the ongoing National T20 Cup.

Cricketers to be joined by families in Rawalpindi
ARY Sports

October 8, 2020

Lahore: After a successful Multan leg of the National T20 Cup in COVID-19 teams, the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) has further eased down virus protocols by allowing cricketers’ families to join them in the second leg of the tournament in Rawalpindi.
According to a statement released by the cricket board, players and support staff’s families have gone first COVID-19 tests upon their arrival in Rawalpindi. They will have to test negative twice for the widely-spread virus.
PCB Director – High Performance, Nadeem Khan: “Staying in a bio-secure bubble for a long duration is not easy and can potentially have its own effects, which, in turn, can reflect on the players’ performances.
“In this case, the players’ request was legitimate and the PCB, being a player-friendly organisation, accepted their request on the condition that their families will strictly maintain and follow Covid-19 protocols for the health and safety of all competitors.
“In the meantime, our Medical and Sports Sciences department will continue to keep a close eye on the Covid-19 situation in Pakistan and if they feel and believe the event protocols can be relaxed further moving forward without comprising on the health and integrity of the tournament, they will make a call.
“We all need to understand this season is being played in unprecedented situations and it’s a fact that we cannot confine and restrict the players, player support personnel and match officials to their hotels or venues throughout the season. Having said that, the PCB will continue to