IPL 2013 news February 11, 2013

Mushtaq Ahmed set to join Delhi Daredevils

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Mushtaq Ahmed, the former Pakistan legspinner, is on the verge of joining the Delhi Daredevils as a spin-bowling consultant for the 2013 IPL season. Mushtaq signed the year-long contract recently, and is now waiting for the final paperwork to be delivered.

"I have been offered a one-year deal," Mushtaq told ESPNcricinfo. "I have accepted it but the deal is yet to be finalised and is in process as written documentation is currently being exchanged."

After retiring from the game in 2008, Mushtaq has been the spin-bowling coach with the England team. The ECB employed him on a consultancy basis so he is free to work for other organisations when not busy with England.

The Daredevils, who missed out on the finals last year after losing to Chennai Super Kings in the play-off, wanted to beef up their support staff. Before the auction, they had identified the lack of quality slow bowlers as a perceived gap in the squad. South African offspinner Johan Botha and Sri Lankan legspinner Jeevan Mendis were duly bought to join the unheralded Shahbaz Nadeem, the left-arm spinner, who was impressive last year.

Mushtaq will pair up with Eric Simmons, the former South Africa bowler, who is the head coach at the Daredevils. He will also be the second Pakistan player to be involved in a coaching role in the IPL; Wasim Akram has been working with the Kolkata Knight Riders as a fast-bowling consultant since 2009.

Umar Farooq is ESPNcricinfo's Pakistan correspondent

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  • Omarrz on February 13, 2013, 6:37 GMT

    @mzm149 --> strange because BCCI wants to destroy current Pak cricketers, yet want to gain from ex-cricketers.

  • mzm149 on February 13, 2013, 6:09 GMT

    BCCI has no problems with Pakistani coaches, umpires and commentators. They have problem with Pakistani players. Thats strange.

  • Legaleagle on February 12, 2013, 21:34 GMT

    It doesn't matter if they can or cannot find an Indian coach. The point is they are willing to pay for a world class spinner. Jumbo and other available Indian spinners are already taken by various franchises.

    I think Mushtaq will bring a lot of great qualities to the Delhi line up, and the Indian players in the team will also benefit from his expertise. Great choice!!

  • dummy4fb on February 12, 2013, 14:24 GMT

    Pakistan has treated its spinners very badly over the years forcing them to earn a living in the English county circuit. Mustaq, Saqlain were never given their due. Now its Abdur rahman who is routinely ignored. This is strange considering these were among the best spinners in the world. Azhar Mahmud continues to sparkle yet he is not in the radar of the Pakistani selectors. They continue with players who never perform; not in the least worried about the perennial batting collapses. I have never understood the mindset of both Pakistani and Indian selectors. Keep taking the same guys over and over again even if they r not performing. In the meantime, keep true performers (Jaffer in India ,for instance) miles away from the team. Why take a 35 year old master, when u have a 20 something who can neither bat nor bowl. But he has age on his side and some of them bat so wonderfully in the nets.

  • swat1999 on February 12, 2013, 9:43 GMT

    Mustaq Ahmed is a very wise choice for Delhi Daredavil. He could boost the team spirit

  • heartbreakerz on February 12, 2013, 6:40 GMT

    Eat_sleep_play_cricket...we can also say that most indian players are not good enough to become consultants, specially bowling consultants

  • maddy20 on February 11, 2013, 23:43 GMT

    @aditya.continous You probably know nothing about Indian cricket. For instance U Chand has almost singlehandedly won India the U-19 worldcup. A solid player with a strong technique. Others like Umesh Yadav, Irfan Pathan etc., are all pretty good players. The only problem is Umesh Yadav is the ultimate breakdown machine, so is Aaron(who bowled the fastest ball in domestic cricket 155KPH)

  • hhillbumper on February 11, 2013, 18:58 GMT

    Mushtaq is a good coach with a lot of enthusiasm. have always been glad that he is part of England set up.

  • dummy4fb on February 11, 2013, 17:37 GMT

    Good Option! And well move by Delhi Daredevils!

  • khanofcricket on February 11, 2013, 17:10 GMT

    After Mushtaq did wonders with English team, who defeated India at their own game, it makes sense to get him involved with IPL team. I would say it's a smart move.

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