Pakistan news August 9, 2012

Akram offered coaching role by the PCB

ESPNcricinfo staff
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The PCB has made a formal offer to Wasim Akram for a short-term coaching role for young fast bowlers. Akram, who hasn't refused the offer, has however, put forth his busy schedule and said the board will need to work around it.

"I am willing to coach because I would like to work with youngsters and train them," Akram said in Karachi on Sunday. "I have always said that I am available to work with young bowlers in Pakistan, but due to my busy schedule I can't do this full time. But whenever I am in Pakistan, I am available to coach and groom the youngsters."

"There is no dearth of talent in Pakistan, it only has to be scouted and groomed properly," he said.

The PCB, who is currently looking for a bowling coach, contacted Akram for his availability but nothing worked out. "PCB is always very keen to utilise his services and this is a positive gesture by him," a PCB spokesman said.

"The Board has established a contact with him but nothing has been worked out due to his availability. Though he has assured to find a window from his busy schedule in near future," the spokesman added.

Akram is presently in Australia as a commentator for the Under-19 World Cup and will be in South Africa during the Champions League with IPL franchise Kolkata Knight Riders.

"We will have to sit and chalk out training schedules corresponding with his availability ensuring there is no clash with his routine," the spokesman said, without divulging any details about the money. The spokesman, though, said that the PCB is ready to arrange the coaching sessions in Karachi, where Akram is based.

In the past Akram has turned down PCB's offers to coach, citing his professional commitments and offered his services as a part-time bowling coach. He last worked with Pakistan bowlers five years back in 2007 in a coaching camp conducted at the National Cricket Academy. Since then, he has also been involved with Knight Riders franchise as a bowling consultant.

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  • wrenx on August 12, 2012, 17:27 GMT

    Excellent news - let's hope he can help Junaid tighten up and become a reliable bowler in all 3 formats. Wahab Riaz and Sohail Tanvir could use a lot of help too - there's much to be learned from the mighty Wasim

  • avmd on August 12, 2012, 16:33 GMT

    Earning money utilizing and teacing the talent you have is no crime, its a good thing. Why should he work for free , PCB is not a charity hopsital.

  • on August 12, 2012, 6:34 GMT

    that's great offer..........

  • Usman.Mustafa on August 11, 2012, 7:15 GMT

    I 2nd @Syed_imran_abbas on (August 10 2012, 08:31 AM GMT) PCB should open a fast bowling acadmey with the name of 2W,s.

  • on August 11, 2012, 6:48 GMT

    Wasim Akram has been giving out free advice to bowlers around the world, notice Irfan Pathan and even Micheal Starc is a recent example. But when it comes to Pakistan, he wants a pay package and recognition because "PCB has ignored him and is not interested. Commitment from Akram? Remember World Cup 1999? Need i say more?

  • hanzain on August 11, 2012, 0:12 GMT

    Please don't spread misinformation. A sweeper earns 10 lac rupees in Pakistan. Akram will definitely get a package sufficient for his luxuries. And above all this is his country's ask.

  • on August 10, 2012, 17:43 GMT

    when the board is giving you 10 lakh rupees MAX per year (in Pak) vs 5,000,000 rupees (in India) - what do you think a man should do? He has a family to think about, Pakistan's ecomony is GONE. stop criticizing him for making the correct decision!

  • umairasgharbutt on August 10, 2012, 13:43 GMT

    we really need him !!!!!!!!!!

  • on August 10, 2012, 12:09 GMT

    It's extremely sad to see people talking negatively about the great Wasim Akram..how did the board treat him after the 2003 world cup?..sacked him without giving him a proper farewell or tribute!!..he is sensible enough to know all about player power and politics in our team plus he also knows with PCB, nothing is guaranteed..all of you who talk abt wasim Akram being selfish, have u ever thought why javed miandad never took up the role of batting coach when waqar younis was the head coach?..his ego didn't allow him to work under him..miandad can easily become the batting coach since he is based in Pakistan whereas wasim Akram has numerous commitments globally..you can't just cancel everything and settle in Pakistan!!

  • Syed_imran_abbas on August 10, 2012, 8:31 GMT

    PCB should open a fast bowling acadmey with the name of 2W,s and get wasim and waqar on regular basis to coach pakistani young talent. Pakistan is in a big need of a some geniune fast bowler at the moment. Among current bowlers he should work with junaid khan and wahab riaz.

  • wrenx on August 12, 2012, 17:27 GMT

    Excellent news - let's hope he can help Junaid tighten up and become a reliable bowler in all 3 formats. Wahab Riaz and Sohail Tanvir could use a lot of help too - there's much to be learned from the mighty Wasim

  • avmd on August 12, 2012, 16:33 GMT

    Earning money utilizing and teacing the talent you have is no crime, its a good thing. Why should he work for free , PCB is not a charity hopsital.

  • on August 12, 2012, 6:34 GMT

    that's great offer..........

  • Usman.Mustafa on August 11, 2012, 7:15 GMT

    I 2nd @Syed_imran_abbas on (August 10 2012, 08:31 AM GMT) PCB should open a fast bowling acadmey with the name of 2W,s.

  • on August 11, 2012, 6:48 GMT

    Wasim Akram has been giving out free advice to bowlers around the world, notice Irfan Pathan and even Micheal Starc is a recent example. But when it comes to Pakistan, he wants a pay package and recognition because "PCB has ignored him and is not interested. Commitment from Akram? Remember World Cup 1999? Need i say more?

  • hanzain on August 11, 2012, 0:12 GMT

    Please don't spread misinformation. A sweeper earns 10 lac rupees in Pakistan. Akram will definitely get a package sufficient for his luxuries. And above all this is his country's ask.

  • on August 10, 2012, 17:43 GMT

    when the board is giving you 10 lakh rupees MAX per year (in Pak) vs 5,000,000 rupees (in India) - what do you think a man should do? He has a family to think about, Pakistan's ecomony is GONE. stop criticizing him for making the correct decision!

  • umairasgharbutt on August 10, 2012, 13:43 GMT

    we really need him !!!!!!!!!!

  • on August 10, 2012, 12:09 GMT

    It's extremely sad to see people talking negatively about the great Wasim Akram..how did the board treat him after the 2003 world cup?..sacked him without giving him a proper farewell or tribute!!..he is sensible enough to know all about player power and politics in our team plus he also knows with PCB, nothing is guaranteed..all of you who talk abt wasim Akram being selfish, have u ever thought why javed miandad never took up the role of batting coach when waqar younis was the head coach?..his ego didn't allow him to work under him..miandad can easily become the batting coach since he is based in Pakistan whereas wasim Akram has numerous commitments globally..you can't just cancel everything and settle in Pakistan!!

  • Syed_imran_abbas on August 10, 2012, 8:31 GMT

    PCB should open a fast bowling acadmey with the name of 2W,s and get wasim and waqar on regular basis to coach pakistani young talent. Pakistan is in a big need of a some geniune fast bowler at the moment. Among current bowlers he should work with junaid khan and wahab riaz.

  • on August 10, 2012, 8:12 GMT

    simple. wasim wants money. thats what hes been doing all his life. throw out money he will come running with his tale up. his busy schedule is money!

  • on August 10, 2012, 6:36 GMT

    Wasim Akram one of the worlds greatest has been picked by India. They have much more money in Cricket than Pakistan. So Pakistan has very little chance but as far coaching is concern. It is true Pakistani bowlers and batsman are all natural product and very innovative and they have talent all over the country but no scouts to recognize them and to be picked for training. Talent has to be picked up and should be coached and be paid for every wicket they take in a league match to make it very interesting and also getting real talent to come forward.

  • KiwiRocker- on August 10, 2012, 5:19 GMT

    This a poor decision by now a days efficient PCB. Wasim Akram had planty of oppertunities to coach Pakistan but he preferred big IPL money. Wasim Akram should not be allowed to be involved in any Pakistani cricket set up as he is a divisive character- His 414 wickets are largly due to wonderful master bowler Waqar Younis who had those amazing banana shaped yorkers to rough up batsmen..Just ask Tendulya in Sialkot 1988-89. Pakistan will be best advise to avoid Wasim Akram and instead they should consider involving legandary Imran Khan if his comittments allow!

  • just_chill_chill on August 10, 2012, 3:37 GMT

    Wasim is a great bowler. Wish him lots of success ! Greetings from Indian fan.

  • on August 9, 2012, 20:32 GMT

    Wasim Akram has produced great talent before he might find some one good again to break through in this team becoz young and exicting talent is only found in Pakistan....Good luck Green shirts and lengend wasim bhai!!!

  • on August 9, 2012, 20:02 GMT

    but pakistan always natural product, not even single coaching material

  • on August 9, 2012, 16:05 GMT

    He needs to spent some time with Junaid Khan. His delivery stride is still Iffy. Forget Amer....House is now clean

  • on August 9, 2012, 15:40 GMT

    Any person who tries to paint Akram in a negative light due to his commitments abroad or with other organizations is extremely foolish. When did Pakistan or the PCB treat their talented resources with respect and professionalism? Akram is an educated man, so he naturally appreciates people who give him respect for his services and talent, and most importantly, people who deal with him on a professional basis. If I was in his shoes, despite of any fondness for my people or country, I would not want to work with the PCB, they are a bunch of uneducated clowns who probably have fake degrees and are usually busy backstabbing each other, playing politics and games with our resources. I want run to 'KKR' myself. Better than being involved in a circus.

  • on August 9, 2012, 15:35 GMT

    Great news for PCB but how long will they take before they find something to complain about and sack him. Anyway I hope Wasim keeps his job for a long time and also Miandad is also taken on board. I wonder now if India are going to do the same with Kapil and get him involved as they should have done a long time back. Good luck Wasim..!!

  • ExplicitPlatinum on August 9, 2012, 15:13 GMT

    Wasim Akram NEEDS to work with Umar Gul. Gul's got issues. Junaid is one to watch out for.

  • Nadeem1976 on August 9, 2012, 15:00 GMT

    thanks goodness that PCB made a good decision by contacting akram. he is legend and he has other commitments and it's ok that he coach new bowlers when ever he is available. Great news because 1 day coaching of Akram is better than 10 days of any other coaching. Great job PCB.

  • on August 9, 2012, 13:02 GMT

    wow what a great news I hope to see him coaching soon

  • on August 9, 2012, 13:02 GMT

    good move made by PCB to train thier young guns

  • muffy_55 on August 9, 2012, 12:58 GMT

    The master bowler will help PAK bowlers to get more 'lethal'. Good job PCB

  • veerakannadiga on August 9, 2012, 12:08 GMT

    Wish BCCI takes a cue and appoint Kapil Dev as the Indian Bowling coach.

  • JBerger on August 9, 2012, 12:02 GMT

    Wish to see him polish up some young pacers like Amir.

  • bcric12 on August 9, 2012, 11:59 GMT

    wasim akram should train the youngsters of pakistan.pakistan should be his first priority not KKR.

  • Anwar-Lara on August 9, 2012, 11:55 GMT

    Wowww fantastic news.....

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  • Anwar-Lara on August 9, 2012, 11:55 GMT

    Wowww fantastic news.....

  • bcric12 on August 9, 2012, 11:59 GMT

    wasim akram should train the youngsters of pakistan.pakistan should be his first priority not KKR.

  • JBerger on August 9, 2012, 12:02 GMT

    Wish to see him polish up some young pacers like Amir.

  • veerakannadiga on August 9, 2012, 12:08 GMT

    Wish BCCI takes a cue and appoint Kapil Dev as the Indian Bowling coach.

  • muffy_55 on August 9, 2012, 12:58 GMT

    The master bowler will help PAK bowlers to get more 'lethal'. Good job PCB

  • on August 9, 2012, 13:02 GMT

    good move made by PCB to train thier young guns

  • on August 9, 2012, 13:02 GMT

    wow what a great news I hope to see him coaching soon

  • Nadeem1976 on August 9, 2012, 15:00 GMT

    thanks goodness that PCB made a good decision by contacting akram. he is legend and he has other commitments and it's ok that he coach new bowlers when ever he is available. Great news because 1 day coaching of Akram is better than 10 days of any other coaching. Great job PCB.

  • ExplicitPlatinum on August 9, 2012, 15:13 GMT

    Wasim Akram NEEDS to work with Umar Gul. Gul's got issues. Junaid is one to watch out for.

  • on August 9, 2012, 15:35 GMT

    Great news for PCB but how long will they take before they find something to complain about and sack him. Anyway I hope Wasim keeps his job for a long time and also Miandad is also taken on board. I wonder now if India are going to do the same with Kapil and get him involved as they should have done a long time back. Good luck Wasim..!!