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Iconic Pakistan seamer Shoaib Akhtar said England fast bowler Saqib Mahmood’s pace was a little low due to a lack of muscle mass on his legs and shoulders.
Akhtar told him this during the Pakistan Super League (PSL), where Mahmood represented the Peshawar Zalmi.
The 24-year-old only featured in five matches as he missed the Abu Dhabi leg of the tournament.
However, in those five games, he had a monumental impact as he took 12 wickets at an average of 12.08.
“I told him that there is less muscle mass on his legs and shoulders, due to which his pace is a little low,” Akhtar told PTV Sports as quoted by Cricket Pakistan.
In the recent three-match ODI series against Pakistan, which England won 3-0, Saqib claimed nine wickets at an average of 13.66.
As for the three-match T20 series, which England won 2-1, he picked up four wickets at an average of 28.