Pakistan news March 23, 2012

Eight applicants for Pakistan bowling coach position

ESPNcricinfo staff

Eight people, including five Pakistanis, have applied for the position of the country's bowling coach, ESPNcricinfo has learnt. Among the applicants are Ian Pont, the former Bangladesh bowling coach, Bazeegh Zaka, the Maldives coach, and former Pakistan players Jalal-ud-Din, Mohsin Kamal, Sabih Azhar and Mohammad Akram.

The vacancy was created after the PCB failed to prevent former Pakistan bowling coach Aaqib Javed from moving on to become UAE head coach. The PCB's plan, under former chairman Ijaz Butt, was to bring in only a head coach to replace Waqar Younis, who resigned due to health reasons. But the new chairman, Zaka Ashraf, planned to form a team of specialist coaching staff. Dav Whatmore and Julien Foutain were appointed head/batting and fielding coach respectively and Javed was to continue as bowling coach but the PCB received a blow when he decided to move to the UAE.

There are five Pakistanis among the applicants. Kamal has recently ended a three-year head-coach contract with Bahrain Cricket Association. Azhar, who is currently working with the Pakistan Under-19 team, has ample experience in the country's domestic circuit while Jalal-ud-Din took the first hat-trick in an ODI. Akram has been settled in England for some years now.

It will be a tough task for the PCB to shortlist candidates from the eight applicants as the major requirement for the applicant is to have at least five years of experience in a similar role with elite cricketers. Most of the applicants don't fulfill this requirement.

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  • Dummy4 on March 25, 2012, 14:45 GMT

    Can't agree more with doosra95. Shoaib Akhtar was an aggressive fighter. In lesser time has best record. He is mentally strong too, and is not intimidated by any batsman. He has lot to contribute. Don't take anything personal against him. He has a very keen eye.

  • monzu on March 25, 2012, 9:55 GMT

    Pakistan need Shoaib Akther who is a very good cricket brain , do not judge him by his antics as a player, as a anaylist he talks a lot of sense those who have watched analyse the England ODI series know what I'm saying.

    Do not appoint any of the above mentioned they are mediocre personality,If PCB do not want to appoint a Pakistani then go for South African or Australian.

  • Dummy4 on March 25, 2012, 9:32 GMT

    Wasim Akram has repeatedly expressed of NOT taking up the role of bowling coach for Pakistan, several times in a row. Coaching is a full time job and he believes he doesn't have the temper for a coach. Albeit, Wasim Akram has been always available to assist young bowlers for a camp.

    My advice to pull an Australian bowling coach. Pakistani veterans WON'T mingle with an Australian Head Coach and English Fielding Coach!!! We don't want an another mess leaving players clueless.

  • RankPace on March 25, 2012, 7:46 GMT

    For those asking for waseem Akram to be brought in as bowling coach, please see what he has done for his IPL team KKR. Also Waseem has a tendency of supporting failed bowlers like Ishant Sharma for such a long period of time. What Pak needs is someone like Imran Khan, who has the eye of a hawk to spot talents and work on them. Not someone like Waseem who himslef did not have a clean record.

  • RankPace on March 25, 2012, 7:42 GMT

    If none of the applicants qualify for the post then they should not be appointed. Once again PCB should invite fresh applications.

  • Dummy4 on March 24, 2012, 19:29 GMT

    The one and only WASIM AKRAM!!!! (Not other than the Sultan of Swing)...

  • Dummy4 on March 24, 2012, 19:13 GMT

    This is absolutely not on to select any of these probables when you have legends like great Wasim, Waqar, Sarfaraz or Imran.. They have to reconsider there options..

  • Muhammad Jawad on March 24, 2012, 18:22 GMT

    NONE other than Great Wasim Akram. PCB Should offer him handsome package according to his class.

  • Dummy4 on March 24, 2012, 14:26 GMT

    concenterate on SULTAN of SWING Wasim Akram,

  • Aamir on March 24, 2012, 14:03 GMT

    It is safe to say that the PCB are doing really well to make Pak a top class side. Wasim Akram is the best choice for a bowling coach and Zaka Ashraf CANNOT afford to lose him. We already have the advantage of having a world class batting side due to Whatmore whilst the fielding is becoming world class due to Julien Fountain. I heard that Misbah is getting removed of ODI and T20 captaincy and will only captain in Tests. Pace attack needs to be strengthened which is very capable. A lot of you are screaming for Sadaf Hussain, Rahat Ali, Anwar Ali etc. Junaid Khan is the young prospect who we criticise often, he is still raw and has a lot of talent. If we want Riaz, then he is just out of form and needs help but not from Sarfraz Nawaz. Reverse swing is the only thing we are looking at and we need to get swing bowling and work on line and length. My suggestion is to have a young bowler partner with Junaid and get a good pair with Gul being the 3rd bowler. Look at SA's Steyn and Morkel...

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