Pakistan news October 17, 2011

Akram offers to coach young Pakistan fast bowlers

Wasim Akram, the former Pakistan captain, has offered his services to the PCB as a part-time bowling coach. Akram said he is 'ready to work for Pakistan', but would not be able to do it full-time because of family commitments.

"Coaching is a very demanding job," Akram told reporters at Lahore airport. "It requires a 24/7 [twenty four hours, seven days a week commitment] that I cannot afford while my personal life is a little unsettled. I have two kids to look after. But if they want my services, I am ready to work, but only in my free time."

In the past Akram has turned down the PCB's offers to coach, citing his responsibilities as a commentator. While he did state that he still doesn't have much free time, he said that whenever he is in Pakistan, he could juggle his routine to have time to coach fast bowlers.

"I have emphasised before that while I am free in Pakistan, give me about 10 to 15 young fast bowlers to coach for a month and I am ready to work. We have outstanding facilities at the National Cricket Academy. Send them to Karachi or I can come to Lahore as well."

When asked about the upcoming series between Pakistan and Sri Lanka in the UAE, Akram said Sri Lanka are a good side but not good enough to beat Pakistan. He pointed out that the bowling attack has struggled without Muttiah Muralitharan, who was responsible for 40 per cent of the team's wickets during his career.

"Sri Lanka is a good team but without Murali [Muralitharan] and [Lasith] Malinga they can't bowl out Pakistan twice in Test cricket," Akram said. "I don't see Pakistan losing unless they play very bad cricket.

"Pakistan has experience as Younis [Khan], Misbah [ul Haq] are there in the line-up and another veteran (Shoaib) Malik is back in the side. So with all this, we can understand that the team isn't lacking any talent. They just need support and need to play good cricket."

Pakistan will play three Tests, five ODIs and a Twenty20 International in the three Emirates of Dubai, Abu Dhabi and Sharjah, as Pakistan are currently unable to host international cricket amid security concerns since the attack on the Sri Lanka team in 2009. Given the situation, Akram said the PCB should create an alternative home country for the team.

"The idea is to play as much cricket as they can," Akram said. "If teams aren't heading to Pakistan, come up with an alternative hub and a system for Pakistan's home series and give its team more cricket - that will help them to flourish."

Umar Farooq is ESPNcricinfo's Pakistan correspondent

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  • Dummy4 on October 20, 2011, 16:28 GMT

    I'm surprised at those people who keep dreaming about Asif and Amir playing in pakistani colours again. these guys disgraced the country and the time has come to move on.

    So much fast bowling talent exists...Cheema, Junaid, Sohail khan....and this is not to mention the already established Gul and Riaz and tanvir.

  • S on October 18, 2011, 5:22 GMT

    What I would not give for a minute of this genius' time...I hope an appointment letter is already on Wasim's way. This by far, is a (true) golden opportunity for ANY bowler to learn from "THE BEST". My utmost request to the PCB AND DOMESTIC governing bodies is to bring Wasim in at the earliest. MUCH THANKS TO THE BEST EVER---------- #03 -------- GOD BLESS

  • Ryan on October 18, 2011, 4:23 GMT

    I don't see Pakistan being bowled out twice unless something peculiar goes on...

  • Usman on October 18, 2011, 4:18 GMT

    well wasim plz work on wahab riaz.and work more on his run up bcoz he has the tendency to bowl no balls at times.

  • Dummy4 on October 18, 2011, 4:08 GMT

    mmmm i don't know is he come back to pakistan from INDIA

  • Mike on October 18, 2011, 1:37 GMT

    Hmmm wasim doesnt seem to rate the Sri lankan attack. Could be a rude awakening coming for pakistan.. Though i feel pakistan with their renewed form and the return of younis and of course misbah.. they will be too much..

    Misbah seems to have brought the responsibility of playing for your nation back to the team. Good to see. Pity they are missing their two best players though..

    Asif and Amir is a huge loss to the game. As an australian who loves fast bowling. I feel disappointed to not have the chance to see them play again..

  • Dummy4 on October 18, 2011, 1:03 GMT

    gud newssssss........................!

  • dilshad on October 17, 2011, 20:50 GMT

    just only with in one week after BUTT, we can see the change,domestics players got pcb contracts. wasim akram world's best fast bowler has agreed to coach pakistan bowlers. WELL DONE ZAKA

  • alexander on October 17, 2011, 19:18 GMT

    well don wasim i see a new and improved generation of fast bowlers coming out of pakistan in the next few years

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