Pakistan news March 23, 2012

Eight applicants for Pakistan bowling coach position

ESPNcricinfo staff
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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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  • 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.

  • doosra95 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.

  • 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.

  • on March 24, 2012, 19:29 GMT

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

  • 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..

  • jawad_300 on March 24, 2012, 18:22 GMT

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

  • on March 24, 2012, 14:26 GMT

    concenterate on SULTAN of SWING Wasim Akram,

  • ExplicitPlatinum 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...

  • 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.

  • doosra95 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.

  • 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.

  • on March 24, 2012, 19:29 GMT

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

  • 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..

  • jawad_300 on March 24, 2012, 18:22 GMT

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

  • on March 24, 2012, 14:26 GMT

    concenterate on SULTAN of SWING Wasim Akram,

  • ExplicitPlatinum 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...

  • Behind_the_Wicket on March 24, 2012, 13:31 GMT

    Try to find some talented coach rather than these candidates.As the most of peoples are advising for Wasim Akram.I think this is the best choice if PCB try to settle this matter. We need good batting coach also.

  • on March 24, 2012, 12:21 GMT

    Pakistan has proven fast bowlers. Waqar younis is the best candidate if he accept the job. We can give a chance to Jalaludin who is quailified coach. It serve two purpose first he will gain experience as a coach under Dev whatmore and secondly being a fast bowler he can delivered. He is soft spoken and team player. Wasim Akram is occupied world wide as Analyst and coach of Kalcata riders so he do not have time for Pakistan. We can use his services in 15 days camp for fast bowlers.

  • K.A.K on March 24, 2012, 11:12 GMT

    Shoiab Akhtar should not be an option. In my opinion, he only went for speed and never focussed on wickets / team win. Any of the listed choices should be ok. and if it is Pakistani, even better. On another note, we should also aim to get Ponting / Tendulkar / Sehwag / jayawardane as the batting coach too.

  • Jawed_300 on March 24, 2012, 11:10 GMT

    as a second choice it should be none other than SPEED star Shoaib Akhter.

  • Jawed_300 on March 24, 2012, 11:09 GMT

    I think PCB should really concenterate on SULTAN of SWING Wasim Akram, he is a legend and PCB and Whole Nation should respect him according to His CLASS and request him to serve PAKISTAN Team in the long run. As a Second choice it shou

  • on March 24, 2012, 7:55 GMT

    Agree with@sabee66, i think we should negotiate with someone from pakistan, such as Wasim akram, waqar younis, shoib akhtar, otherwise it will be a waisting of both resources and time. I can remember in past when waqar younis serve only as a bowling coach, pakistani fast bowlers specially umer gul improves a lot, so why not PCB can remember and request him to do the job again...

  • Vivian_Richard on March 24, 2012, 7:55 GMT

    Pick someone, anyone who can bowl.

  • IndiaNumeroUno on March 24, 2012, 7:19 GMT

    please leave Akram... we need him badly!... seriously, you don't need a bowling coach :)

  • on March 24, 2012, 7:19 GMT

    Waqar Younis should be reappointed, he did decent job in the past. Should be truce between him and Afridi.

  • on March 24, 2012, 7:16 GMT

    The most urgent need of time is to hire someone who can actually look at domestic performances and pick out the ultimate talents based on their performances.......once u get the right individuals, am pretty sure Whatmore is experienced enough to handle them out.....!!!

  • Ammy_rd on March 24, 2012, 5:09 GMT

    Siaknder Bakht seems like a good candidate for the bowling coach position. He has been running a state of the art cricket academy in Karachi and comes across as a sensible individual with sound knowledge of the game. Btw, Sabih Azhar had a hand in the development of Mohammad Amir at the Under 19 level so he may be the second best resource available!

  • Pasha71 on March 24, 2012, 4:43 GMT

    All the applicants are hopeless. pls go for hunt and have a good bowling coach, try to hire player like Macgrath (Austrailia) Wasim is also good option but he is serving India try to bring him back in Pakistan. Amborose is also a good option but for the God sake dont take any one in the existing applicants.

  • on March 24, 2012, 4:20 GMT

    Why can't they ask great Wasim Akram for this job. As the whole world especially India asked him several times for this position. We should not waste this legendary bowler.

  • Sinhaya on March 24, 2012, 3:31 GMT

    I am a Sri Lankan fan who seriously adores Pakistan and I urge PCB to hire a specialist batting coach because batting is a weak link for Pakistan! Pakistan better quickly start grooming Hammad Azam, Babar Azam and Usman Salahuddin at test level and make them world class batsmen. I doubt if Hafeez will succeed on fast pitches as an opener when Pakistan tour SA end of this year. and take them to South Africa at the end of this year. Once Misbah and Younis Khan quit, there will be a mega hole in the Pakistan batting lineup, which must be addressed with immediate effect!

  • on March 24, 2012, 2:01 GMT

    shoaib Akhtar shd b the only option...

  • Raja.Khurram on March 24, 2012, 0:42 GMT

    Shoaib Akhtar for bowling coach!!!! :D He will get all bowling right as he will open the heads of bowlers with bat if they dont obey ;)

  • sabee66 on March 23, 2012, 23:21 GMT

    Can't beleive the country who is famous in the fast bowling is looking for a coach position and can't fill up with their own legendry guys.....what a joke

  • avmd on March 23, 2012, 21:49 GMT

    Out of the list, only Akram is worth considering. He has good experinec of Internation, county and Pakistan's domestic cricket experinece. Mohsin Kamal wa aslo a good test bowler with coaching experience. Sabih Azhar was a mediocre first class fast bolwer with no international exprience although he is doing a good job for junior cricketers and should continue to do that. Did someone siad Maldeve's coach has also appied for the job ?, its funny, isnt it.

  • Emmaye on March 23, 2012, 21:18 GMT

    Wasim has NOT wanted the job in the past why would he want it now.

  • ExplicitPlatinum on March 23, 2012, 20:46 GMT

    Hey guys, just wondering but doesn't India have Wasim Akram as a bowling coach for Kolkata Knight Riders? We need Wasim Akram badly!

  • on March 23, 2012, 20:29 GMT

    i think muhammad Akram should b given chance.coz he has playd alot cricket of pak... n is hardworker too.

  • on March 23, 2012, 20:26 GMT

    All the candidates are useless.They should try to convince Wasim Akram as he had already worked under Dav for KKR in IPL.Wasim is doing nothing special in our country i.e India.He should devote his time to groom pak bowlers as fast bowling is dying in pakistan

  • Zahidsaltin on March 23, 2012, 20:02 GMT

    jalal-u-din might be a comparetively better choice but otherwise non of the applicants are up to the standard. PCB should wait until get some one who himself at least have done a prominent job as a bowler. Mohammad Akram who has played with many of the currunt pak players and also had no considerable performances should rather be avoided. Currunt Afghan coach could be some one with coaching and bowling experience.

  • Nadeem1976 on March 23, 2012, 19:44 GMT

    I believe pakistan desperately needs fast bowling coach of high caliber. Our current fast bowlers are not good enough to win matches as we used to. We heavily rely on spin bowling and that's not going to work in WC 2015. Pakistan has lots of fast bowling talent and we need a real good coach not a mid level coach to groom fast bowlers.

    There is no great bowler in this job opening at this time. We need bigger name.

  • on March 23, 2012, 19:42 GMT

    i dont get it y we even think of going for foriegn coaches for bowling, we have a legend of legends, wasim akram, i think PCB shud approach him for the job, if he is not available than another suggestion saqlain, as ajmal is the best these days and saqlain can only make him improve, if we only want for fast bowlers than i wanna foreign genius like Mcgrath or Ambrose, they were the best

  • kazizain on March 23, 2012, 19:17 GMT

    try to get wasim akram as a bowling coach,he is good option, among 8 applicant i dont think anybody will b good for team or hire foreign coach or temp before any tournament train thru professional instead of hire permanent coach

  • on March 23, 2012, 18:56 GMT

    Man is that all we have to offer Pakistan Cricket? We must be able to get some more experienced Pakistani/foreign applicants.

  • passionate_cricket_follower on March 23, 2012, 18:53 GMT

    wasim akram is the right person. why does pak need anybody else?

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  • passionate_cricket_follower on March 23, 2012, 18:53 GMT

    wasim akram is the right person. why does pak need anybody else?

  • on March 23, 2012, 18:56 GMT

    Man is that all we have to offer Pakistan Cricket? We must be able to get some more experienced Pakistani/foreign applicants.

  • kazizain on March 23, 2012, 19:17 GMT

    try to get wasim akram as a bowling coach,he is good option, among 8 applicant i dont think anybody will b good for team or hire foreign coach or temp before any tournament train thru professional instead of hire permanent coach

  • on March 23, 2012, 19:42 GMT

    i dont get it y we even think of going for foriegn coaches for bowling, we have a legend of legends, wasim akram, i think PCB shud approach him for the job, if he is not available than another suggestion saqlain, as ajmal is the best these days and saqlain can only make him improve, if we only want for fast bowlers than i wanna foreign genius like Mcgrath or Ambrose, they were the best

  • Nadeem1976 on March 23, 2012, 19:44 GMT

    I believe pakistan desperately needs fast bowling coach of high caliber. Our current fast bowlers are not good enough to win matches as we used to. We heavily rely on spin bowling and that's not going to work in WC 2015. Pakistan has lots of fast bowling talent and we need a real good coach not a mid level coach to groom fast bowlers.

    There is no great bowler in this job opening at this time. We need bigger name.

  • Zahidsaltin on March 23, 2012, 20:02 GMT

    jalal-u-din might be a comparetively better choice but otherwise non of the applicants are up to the standard. PCB should wait until get some one who himself at least have done a prominent job as a bowler. Mohammad Akram who has played with many of the currunt pak players and also had no considerable performances should rather be avoided. Currunt Afghan coach could be some one with coaching and bowling experience.

  • on March 23, 2012, 20:26 GMT

    All the candidates are useless.They should try to convince Wasim Akram as he had already worked under Dav for KKR in IPL.Wasim is doing nothing special in our country i.e India.He should devote his time to groom pak bowlers as fast bowling is dying in pakistan

  • on March 23, 2012, 20:29 GMT

    i think muhammad Akram should b given chance.coz he has playd alot cricket of pak... n is hardworker too.

  • ExplicitPlatinum on March 23, 2012, 20:46 GMT

    Hey guys, just wondering but doesn't India have Wasim Akram as a bowling coach for Kolkata Knight Riders? We need Wasim Akram badly!

  • Emmaye on March 23, 2012, 21:18 GMT

    Wasim has NOT wanted the job in the past why would he want it now.