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Shami is among the best in India: Waqar

Waqar Younis, in the city, on Friday. A Telegraph picture

Calcutta: Not just Wasim Akram, Mohammed Shami’s impressive international debut has earned praise from Waqar Younis, too.

In the city on Friday evening as pace consultant for a four-day coaching camp, involving local cricketers, starting from Saturday at the Jadavpur University Salt Lake Campus ground, According to Waqar, Shami is among the best in India.

“I’ve met Shami in the past… He’s a very nice guy. He’s extremely talented… In fact, one of the best talents in India at the moment… In the tours of South Africa and New Zealand, he was the lone bowler to shine for India.

“Even in the Asia Cup, his performance was pretty impressive. So, there’s absolutely no dearth of talent in this part of the world. All you need to do is to pick and nurture talent,” the former Pakistan captain said on arrival, at the airport.

Muttiah Muralidharan, who’s also part of the camp as spin consultant, arrived late in the evening. Waqar stressed on the importance of these camps, which he feels, will help to produce players for both the first-class and international level. He also thanked both Sourav Ganguly and the CAB for making him a part of this initiative.

“I believe it’s our responsibility to coach the young players. It’s good for me that I’m here to impart knowledge about the game to the youngsters. I thank Sourav and the CAB for including me.

“I had spoken to Sourav earlier on this matter, who knows what I was capable of and what I could do for my team. Although I’m not familiar with how the system runs in India, I do know the mindset cricketers in the subcontinent have.

“I myself hail from a small town, so I can understand how aspiring cricketers participating in these camps feel. We had also done a Pepsi campaign back in Pakistan where Imran Khan and Wasim Akram were a part. It produced players both at first-class and international level,” Waqar explained.