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Shoaib keen on Pakistan bowling coach role

Umar Farooq

August 17, 2012

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Shoaib Akhtar announces that he will retire after the World Cup, Colombo, March 17, 2011
Shoaib Akhtar: "The current lot of bowlers are good, but not as good as what Pakistan is known for." © AFP
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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."

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Posted by   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.

Posted by   on (August 19, 2012, 7:33 GMT)

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

Posted by applethief 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

Posted by 777aditya 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 !

Posted by Stark62 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.

Posted by   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.

Posted by   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

Posted by Zohair.ul.hasan on (August 18, 2012, 11:16 GMT)

Shohaib Akhtar should pplay instead of coaching

Posted by part_time_cricketer on (August 18, 2012, 8:42 GMT)

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

Posted by Aspraso 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.

Posted by   on (August 18, 2012, 6:03 GMT)

Shoaib is the Legend of Pakistan Cricket & this is the great effort from Shoaib Akhter for Pakistani Fast Bowlers.

Posted by Dannymania on (August 18, 2012, 2:38 GMT)

It'ld be an absolute honour for the Pakistani team if someone like shoaib Akhtar can coach them.He is undoubtedly very good at coaching,and i think everyone would be surprised by his skills.All that being said,i honestly think that there is a very very remote chance of him getting this job.i don't think that the pakistani management would want him.He is notorious.well,may be if Dave Whatmore wants him,he'll be able to get there.but why would Dave want shoaib as a bowling coach?!AND WELL,its fair enough.Dave has a history of working like a GEM and creating gems out of ordinary stones,and polishing the ones that're already well,as much as i'ld love shoaib to come back personally,i don't think he will.sorry shoaib,we LOVE you though.just know that you're so important to us that the only reason ptv sports is watched in our home is because you were the first celebrity're too good shoaib.God bless you.

Posted by   on (August 18, 2012, 2:26 GMT)

being a coach being a best bowler is completly different. U need to have descipline to be a good coach but shoib is one of the most indesciplined cricketer pak has produced in resent time with lot of controversies.

Posted by stickboy on (August 18, 2012, 2:26 GMT)

he'll make a great throwing coach...jokes aside though I still think he still doesnt have the right mentality for this, the guy is as erratic as his bowling

Posted by   on (August 18, 2012, 2:22 GMT)

Unfortunatelly Shoib was called for chuking and he has got a deformation in his arm. I think his attitude and his past doesn't really give him to be a role model or a bowling coach for yougsters. I think he should stay away. And better off playing for t20 in SPL - best for him and the people to watch.

Posted by Nicholas94 on (August 18, 2012, 1:45 GMT)

Shoaib does have a point about 'the current lot of bowlers are good' , however, they are 'not as good as what [they] are known for'. Surely a man of his calibre should be taken into consideration. He is there to coach and make Pakistani bowlers the best they can be and that is all that matters. I do hope Shoaib gets a job as a bowling coach because he brings such great work ethic and experience to young bowlers.

Posted by   on (August 18, 2012, 1:02 GMT)


Lol what are you saying?? Today this standard has been followed by every good team like Aus, Eng , Pak , Sri ,Pak, Sa as it is the requirement of modern cricket

Head Coach never teach you how to bat , bowl or field but to make strategies for different situation against different sides etc boost the team moral , help-out captain on and off the field about how to handle the team , how to lead them etc etc

update your cricketing knowledge bro

Posted by   on (August 18, 2012, 0:38 GMT)

Only one person in this world is dumb enough to offer Shoaib the post of a Cricket Coach! Shah Rukh Khan! Thankfully, that post has already been taken and successfully by Wasim Akram!

Posted by Sandstorm82 on (August 18, 2012, 0:16 GMT)

Agree with some of the other peeps here... Shoaib Akhtar is bad news for Pakistan cricket. With all the wrong sort of publicity around the Pakistani camp over the last few years and the magnetism this guy has for controversies, I'd like to stay well clear of him. Not saying he wasn't a good bowler, just saying there are others (possible coaches) whose services are less likely to carry the risk of creating negativity in the camp.

Posted by TruthBites on (August 18, 2012, 0:15 GMT)

History of poor discipline. Certainly not a role model. Would be a bad influence on the team.

Posted by haroon_180 on (August 18, 2012, 0:02 GMT)


Nice joke Shoaib. You are probably the worst, worst possible candidate to be a coach. You were an inconsistent, unfit, unreliable fast bowler who was a trouble maker with a diva attitude. There is absolutely nothing you bring to the table. Rather you are an emobdiment of everything a player should not have.

Posted by pak78 on (August 17, 2012, 23:23 GMT)

shoiab yarr dnt no about u coaching but one things for sure u still have got it in u im sure u can last 4 express overs in the t20s so pleses take back you retirment and get into the world t20 side and put some glamour back in the pakistan team miss you yarrr.

Posted by Mian.Invader on (August 17, 2012, 23:22 GMT)

Posted by Srinivas Pachari on (August 17 2012, 18:36 PM GMT): well said, totally agree with you, he might be the best choice for the moment

Posted by Zahidsaltin on (August 17, 2012, 22:57 GMT)

Pakistan should appoint Shoaib for domestic assignments first and then gradually take him up to the full role. He is calmed down and mature now and there is no doubt that he is a world star of fast bowling despite his hypped days. PCB might not engage him thinking that the coach should not be one who has played with the present players but asking him to take care of the youngesters will surely be a good thing.

Posted by ak_dragon on (August 17, 2012, 22:51 GMT)

Aggression + Pace + Swing + Shoaib Tricks = New Bowling Breed for Pakistan... PCB...appoint him....ASAP..!

Posted by Buckers410 on (August 17, 2012, 22:35 GMT)

Shoaib as the bowling coach. Imran Khan as the talent scout/talent development coach, Inzamum-Ul-Haq as the fielding/batting coach and their current coach Whatmore would make up a great coaching team for Pak

Posted by   on (August 17, 2012, 21:17 GMT)

Pakistan should appoint him as a bowling coach.

Posted by RK204 on (August 17, 2012, 20:59 GMT)

oH nO!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! only this thing was left to be happened with this pak team..........

Posted by umairasgharbutt on (August 17, 2012, 18:59 GMT)

well pcb hire him for domestic coaching role at NCA !

Posted by   on (August 17, 2012, 18:36 GMT)

Why not? I think he will make a terrific coach. Teach them how to bowl fast and MAKE (even if it means beating them up) them bowl fast... Lol. Seriously, he will make an excellent coach. He has guts, he knows glory and he has a terrific work ethic. All he needs is a good overall coach under whom he can work as a bowling coach. To all who says he is not good because he is controversial, that is what makes him special, deal with it.

Posted by niyas3 on (August 17, 2012, 18:11 GMT)

At d moment they having some gud fast bowlers... only he can offer is chucking.. nothin more dan tht... :)

Posted by BellCurve on (August 17, 2012, 17:57 GMT)

The PCB may find they have some stiff competition from BBL team, the Perth Scorchers. They are in need of a disco dancing coach.

Posted by   on (August 17, 2012, 17:52 GMT)

if shoaib happens to be a coach and if youngsters are not going to learn..... he is going to beat down some knowledge into them..... the is that sort of guy..... though not been in spot light might have given him some sense.... it was not shoaib akher the person every1 was interested in... but it was the shoaib akhter the speedster the bowler every1 loved to watch..... as a person im least interested in what shoaib has to say though his views with Dr. Nauman on PTV are good to hear

Posted by   on (August 17, 2012, 17:20 GMT)

oh lord, why does he have to open his mouth?

Posted by   on (August 17, 2012, 16:21 GMT)

another controversy by Shoaib akhtar

Posted by mazii on (August 17, 2012, 15:26 GMT)

supersaj.... Don't misguide the audience by saying that Pakistan hasn't produced a bowler who took 150 plus test and ODI wicket since 2000. Umar gul took 158 wicket a piece in test and ODIs. What about Muhammed Amir: do you really think that he was not capable of even breaking Wasim's record in the long run. He was a damn good bowler and what about Asif? His strike rate was

Posted by   on (August 17, 2012, 14:56 GMT)

hahahahahahaha *gasps for breath* hahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahah

Posted by fsq09 on (August 17, 2012, 14:40 GMT)

@SuperSaj, Umar Gul had picked up 150 in each format, I wonder if that counts for u..

Posted by bharath74 on (August 17, 2012, 14:38 GMT)

He is a legend, PCB should use his services. Looks like there is no fast bowler left in the world once Shoaib retired. Fast bowler without arrogance is like a snake without the poison. He could be a gud coach.

Posted by   on (August 17, 2012, 14:22 GMT)


Posted by   on (August 17, 2012, 13:23 GMT)

he can be a good bowling coach for pakistan! legend!

Posted by AlbertEinstein on (August 17, 2012, 13:08 GMT)

Reminds me of Maradona becoming Argentina's coach.

Posted by crick_sucks on (August 17, 2012, 12:49 GMT)

That was good one...cracked me up. So you are done as a player? no more comebacks? So what exactly is your forte? nails, bottle caps, discipline, team player? I am guessing all of these. Just imagine a team coached by Afridi(main coach) and Shoaib(bowling coach)...oh my god.

Posted by UK_Chap on (August 17, 2012, 12:39 GMT)

having said all the things I did about Shoaib in my previous post, it is very likely that the PCB will now go and hire him. It does not bode well.....

Posted by   on (August 17, 2012, 12:26 GMT)

this guy cant live without any controversy... so he thought of Pakistan Cricket once again!!

Posted by   on (August 17, 2012, 12:23 GMT)

i m not sure if it is a good idea! he himself needs a coach to calm his nerves! pcb is without controversy for a while now! wasim cud be a better coach!

Posted by   on (August 17, 2012, 12:17 GMT)

This is going to be the best thing happened to pakistan fast bowlers if shoaib Akhatar coaches them.We need good coaching in fast bowling and shoaib akhtar is the right person with the right experience.PCB should say yes

Posted by SuperSaj on (August 17, 2012, 12:15 GMT)

He ir right though...he was the last of the great Pak fast bowlers (though he never quite acheived enough to be a genuine great). Since 2000, there has not even been one Pak fast bowler to reach 150 test and ODI wickets. That says it all

Posted by   on (August 17, 2012, 12:04 GMT)

Respect for the man! Shoaib Akhtar

Posted by   on (August 17, 2012, 11:57 GMT)

shoaib akhtar = bowling coach ? next to impossible.......

Posted by   on (August 17, 2012, 11:23 GMT)

I can't understand what's wrong did he say it. No doubt 14 years of experience is enough to coach our bowlers. He can teach our bowlers fighting spirits and great tacticswhich is visibly lacking in our fast bowlers. I fully support his ideas. It's true that Pakistan does not have lethal fast bowlers likes of Imran khan, wasim akram, waqar youni and himself. Past was the era where Pakistan was regarded a lethal force in bowling dept. we got two good back up bowlers asif and Amir but til they return Imran can assist in hunting the talent. Go shoaib go. U r one of the legend in Pakistan cricket history.

Posted by   on (August 17, 2012, 11:04 GMT)

Well as far as Shoaib Akhtar is concern as bowling coach of Pakistan is looks difficult because his behaviour with PCB. No Doubt he is Number One bowler in last decade or so. He need to correct himself then apply as bowling coach....Best of Luck shoaibi

Posted by   on (August 17, 2012, 10:42 GMT)

This is the most hilarious statement I have heard in the recent past. "Shoaib Akhtar - a coach" doesnt this sound as a controversy in itself. Where would he inculcate the discipline in the young boys from. Looking at what happened to Mohd. Amir., Pak needs a level headed guy as a coach. They did a brilliant job in getting Whatmore but they need to back him up with good names. Bad mistake was to let Aaqib go.

Posted by   on (August 17, 2012, 10:36 GMT)

I love how he used to bowl but his comments for others are just not worth it .... He used same words for Mhd. Sami and now for current lot. Was he the only GREATEST bowler ever played?? He is too much self obsessed and I guess he needs to learn how to talk on public stage. If he was to coach he can say I want to help my country, why create so much fuss. I mean what he would bring to other bowlers is out of my head.

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