PAKISTAN’S ‘King of Speed’ Ahmed Jamal will soon be terrifying teams in the Worcestershire County Division One, after signing on for Bromyard Cricket Club, writes ADAM KNIGHT.
Tipped for the top by Pakistan legend Wasim Akram, Jamal clocked 143kph on the speed gun in a nationwide search to unearth new pace talent in his home country.
An established first class player – with 158 wickets in 42 first-class matches – the National Bank quickie will replace former Sri Lanka international Dinusha Fernando as the team’s international player, and should join the team for their final preseason fixture.
The 25-year-old from Abbottabad was one of four fast bowlers selected for Akram’s King Of Speed camp and last year he spent 10 days working with the legendary pace man.
Akram called Jamal “the future”, adding that one day he could take Pakistani cricket to new heights.
Jamal, however, said he takes his inspiration from another Pakistan quickie – world-record holder Shoaib Aktar.
Bromyard fans will have to wait to see Jamal charging in a Flaggoners Green, as the team open their league campaign at Belbroughton on Saturday.
One of the sides that will be facing off against Jamal in Division One, Colwall, announced their own international player this week – South African 19-year-old Wehan Joubert.
An emerging talent out of the eastern region of Mpumalanga, the left-arm spinner has been a strike weapon for his province at age group level, breaking through into the minor counties senior side in December.
Described as an athletic fielder, Joubert is a middle-order batsmen whose stand-out bowling figures include a five-wicket haul in December and 5/35 for Mpumalanga in 2012.
He will be lining up with new Colwall captain Dan Head.
The former Monmouth captain and wicket keeper joined the side for the new season and will be leading them out for their first league game away against Worcester on Saturday.
Burghill and Tillington, who are in Division Two, have signed Kiwi seamer Stefan Hook.
The 6’4 right-hander from Wairarapa has been involved with Central Districts regional squad at under-17, -19 and senior levels. The club are expecting a full season from Alex Hedges ans have signed Ed Symonds, who is making a comeback.
Jamie Banfield, who starred with the bat for Wormelow last year, is back with the villagers for a second season.