Pakistan news August 17, 2012

Shoaib keen on Pakistan bowling coach role


Shoaib Akhtar, the former Pakistan fast bowler, has said that he is "ready" to take up the bowling coach role, even on a part-time basis, if approached by the Pakistan Cricket Board. The PCB has been searching for a bowling coach since the appointment of Dav Whatmore as the head coach and Julien Fountain as the fielding coach.

"I am ready to be the bowling coach. I will offer my services If the PCB contacts me," Akhtar told reporters at the NCA in Lahore. "It's an honour to serve the country and it can be done by helping the upcoming bowlers. It will give me a chance to pay back what the country has given me."

Akhtar, who retired after the World Cup in 2011, had 178 Test and 247 ODI wickets in a 14-year-long career marred by controversies and injuries.

"The current lot of bowlers are good, but not as good as what we are known for in our strong history of fast bowling," he said. "I always hear that we have talent, but what is more important is to hunt down that talent. Unfortunately, we have been struggling in fast bowling for the last one and half years."

Akhtar suggested that the PCB use the services of past greats, like Imran Khan, to unearth talent. "He [Imran] has that eye to spot the talent and it would be ideal if he could take out some time."

Pakistan, Akhtar said, had the in-house talent for the job, but he also suggested Daryl Foster as a possibility to return to the job he held in 2003, if Pakistan had to look outside. Recently, the PCB had also made a formal offer to Wasim Akram for a short-term coaching role for young fast bowlers but an agreement couldn't be reached owing to Akram's busy schedule.

Commenting on the upcoming series against Australia in UAE, Akhtar said that the onus would be on spinners in the absence of experienced fast-bowlers. Pakistan have dropped Umar Gul and Mohammad Sami for the tour. "Pakistan is already lacking true strike bowlers and [Umar] Gul obviously will be missed this time. If pitches in UAE are flat, then I am afraid things won't be good for the young fast-bowlers and the spinners, as usual, will have to take the extra load."

Umar Farooq is ESPNcricinfo's Pakistan correspondent

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  • Dummy4 on August 19, 2012, 8:50 GMT

    Being a Pakistani Cricket supporter, I have read a lot of articles and news, Shoaib was a wicket taking bowler and he was a match winner too but use him as a bowling coach, would be a mistake. PCB has to find some one experienced like Dav Whatmore, perhaps look for some experienced bowlers from West Indies or South Africa like Walsh or Pollock.

  • Dummy4 on August 19, 2012, 7:33 GMT

    He can do this job i believe in him ...

  • I on August 18, 2012, 18:28 GMT

    I'm not sure what makes Shoaib qualified to walk into an international coaching role. He was quick, and on his day he was a fantastic bowler, but that doesn't automatically make him the best choice of a coach. I'm sure there are things he could pass on to youngsters, but that should be it for now. Get him in for camps like Wasim, Qadir, Miandad etc., but look elsewhere for a proper bowling coach

  • Aditya on August 18, 2012, 16:18 GMT

    Yes yes, please make Shoaib Akhtar the Pakistani bowling coach and while you are still at it, please also make Vinod Kambli India's head coach and award Sri Sri Sri Sri Sri Sri Sri Sri Sri Sri Sri Sri Sri Sri Srikkanth the role of selectors till the day he decides to take samadhi !

  • Stark on August 18, 2012, 15:49 GMT

    PCB should give him a chance!!

    He could swing the ball in both directions and was devastating with the reverse swinging ball, which he can relay his knowledge onto the youngsters.

    Pak do have a quality young fast bowler waiting to burst on to the intl. scene in the form of SADAF HUSSAIN with an average of 18.27 and a strike rate of 35.6 after 29 matches, which is better than both Amir and Junaid but unfortunately, isn't being selected for some reason or the other.

  • Dummy4 on August 18, 2012, 12:17 GMT

    Need somebody genuinely patriotic,How about Mohammad Amir if he cannot play can he coach .Watching him bowl he had more game plans than any bowlers of the yesteryears.As David Lloyd once said wicket taking frenzy.

  • Dummy4 on August 18, 2012, 12:07 GMT

    i think he has one of the best cricketing brain in the world and he can be the world best bowling coach

  • Zohair.ul. on August 18, 2012, 11:16 GMT

    Shohaib Akhtar should pplay instead of coaching

  • Arif on August 18, 2012, 8:42 GMT

    Shoaib NO. ........................Akram YES!!!....................

  • Asad on August 18, 2012, 6:20 GMT

    Shoaib's coaching services will be available for the following -- thundering in and bowling wides either side of the wicket, or how to keep unfit for long durations or running in and bowling no-balls or chasing maidens or how to keep the captain and manager on their toes with tantrums.

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