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Akram offered coaching role by the PCB

ESPNcricinfo staff

August 9, 2012

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Wasim Akram explains the finer points of fast bowling to Umar Gul during a net session in Lahore, May 13, 2007
Wasim Akram last worked with Pakistan bowlers in 2007 © Getty Images

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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Posted by applethief 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

Posted by 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.

Posted by   on (August 12, 2012, 6:34 GMT)

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

Posted by 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.

Posted by   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?

Posted by 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.

Posted by   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!

Posted by umairasgharbutt on (August 10, 2012, 13:43 GMT)

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

Posted by   on (August 10, 2012, 12:09 GMT)

It's extremely sad to see people talking negatively about the great Wasim 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 can't just cancel everything and settle in Pakistan!!

Posted by 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.

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