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Old June 19, 2004, 11:35 PM
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Pace of a bowler can be judged by a speed gun and not by naked eye or guess work. Speed guns are employed mostly during International matches and they may be available with Cricket Academies. So the only way we can judge the pace in BD new ball bowlers is when they are in action in an international match where speed guns are in place.

Mashrafe has played in such matches and the maximum speed shown against his name was upto 138 kmph(86 mph) which makes him a brisk fast medium. Shahadat, to the best of my knowledge has not played in any such match where his pace can be similarly ascertained. So I think it will be premature to pronounce him as a bowler bowling at 90-93 mph ( 145 - 150 kmph).
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