Pakistan news August 24, 2012

Mohammad Akram named Pakistan bowling coach

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Former Pakistan fast bowler Mohammad Akram has been named Pakistan's bowling coach for a probationary period of one year. He will join the squad in the UAE for the series against Australia, Intikhab Alam, the PCB director, announced today.

Pakistan was without a bowling coach since the former fast bowler Aaqib Javed resigned to be UAE's head coach after the series against England last year.

"After a lengthy deliberation we have decided to appoint Mohammad Akram as Pakistan bowling coach," Alam said. "Stuart Barnes [of] England was also shortlisted but unfortunately [Barnes] was not available immediately and we found Akram more suitable for the role."

Akram, who played nine Tests and 23 ODIs for Pakistan between 1995 and 2001, is settled in England and has represented Essex, Sussex, Surrey and Northamptonshire. He played 125 matches and picked up 415 wickets in his 15-year first-class career. However, he hadn't been involved with any of the first-class teams in England and Pakistan in a coaching capacity.

The appointment, therefore, didn't meet the criteria that were advertised for the position, requiring at least five years of experience with the elite cricketers at international level. Alam, however, said he was convinced that Akram's playing experience in county cricket and his engagement with universities in England as a consultant was enough to warrant his selection.

"He is a decent and experienced coach, and has good reputation," Alam said. "We have appointed him [for] a period of one year in which he will remain under our observation and if things go well with him, his contract will definitely be extended. The scope of the job isn't restricted to the national side but his services will be expanded to the academies and the regional level as well."

Akram, 37, was overshadowed by the presence of Wasim Akram and Waqar Younis while playing for Pakistan. He had more success on the first-class circuit, but was charged with ball-tampering - a Level 2 breach of the ECB disciplinary code - during his Sussex stint in 2004 . He's been living in England since his last international appearance for Pakistan in 2001 and completed his last county deal with Surrey in 2007.

Akram hadn't expressed his interest in coaching until 2009, opting to do commentary instead. "It would be a good challenge for him to deliver and we can understand that he has the potential to take care of our bowlers," Alam said. "We are all with him and hope he will meet our expectations and produce results."

Umar Farooq is ESPNcricinfo's Pakistan correspondent

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  • on August 27, 2012, 6:32 GMT

    yes i think this is not a bad decision from PCB... now also akram has a great chance to show his caliber & also growth the PAKISTANIi BOWLERS...

  • AndyZaltzmannsHair on August 26, 2012, 15:19 GMT

    Those equating career statistics with an ability to coach are sadly mistaken. Half the international coaches around today are players who were barely county level and yet have excelled as international coaches. I'd rather they pick someone based on ability than mere name and past statistics.

  • on August 26, 2012, 9:01 GMT

    I think PCB has made the right decision. It is better to have an 'experienced student' of the game with the right attitude appointed rather than someone else who will bring in a dozen other problems. There are no secret mantras in bowling. Discipline, consistency and the right attitude are the main things. Akram can manage that with more sanity than the so called champion bowlers.

  • on August 26, 2012, 2:29 GMT

    when misbah was appointed as test captain. everyone was shocked because before his selection as captain he wasnt part of pak squad. now see where he lift test cricket of pakistan. yes great players may not have great coaching skills and see mushtaq ahmed. under his coaching england won 1st int title, a t20 wc 2010. b4 in PCB no one given value to mushtaq's coaching skills. playing mind is different then coaching mind. otherwise tendulkar must be a captain of india according to his average and experience then why dhoniii?????? so never judge specially coach and captain by their career because coaching and captaincy is totally a mind game and dont take this matter too serious because coaching not much effective on player's own talent. tell me under who's coaching imran wasim waqar saqlain delivered??? player also have his own mind so dont wry guys:) aalam was coach of pak in 92 wc so he knew better, who is more suitable. good luck akram.

  • on August 25, 2012, 13:09 GMT

    I 100% agree with Lillian Thomson. Akram was never an impressive fast bowler, very limited talent and skills.Was hardly fifth or sixth choice in his time. Completely lacking expertise of in-swing, out swing,reverse swing, seam, off cutter,leg cutters, simply never utilized slow ball, his speed was never above 145 km. Considering all these facts, I am totally pointless how will he guide other fast bowlers these essential tricks. Actually I believe he himself can learn those skills from Gul and Co. And yes, If Muhammad Amir can be brought in again, Pakistan may overcome its only short coming" The lack of an aggressive, wicket taking fast bowler."

  • on August 25, 2012, 9:48 GMT

    @ ProdigyA: I didn't know getting the better of Pakistan's batting had suddenly become a qualification. Even so, in the Asiacup at-least, you had Kohli to thank and not your bowlers. Anyway, I think facts are best. Cricinfo recently released an article about South Africa, that showed that since 2006, Pakistan has THE lowest test bowling average. As for the super over, if you mean that 2007 t20 world cup, yes, Shoaib Malik was rather stupid about it. He should have used wicket to wicket spinners instead of pacers, and he was grinning throughout, as if it were a joke.I agree that 5 wicket hauls are not strictly the best indicator of a good attack. It should be the average number of wickets taken in test matches.I think cricinfo did mention something about Pakistan having a very high tally there too, in some stats article. Another proof would be that bowling first in a test match is mostly an attacking decision for us on most pitches, whereas batting first is "attacking" for others.

  • on August 25, 2012, 8:55 GMT

    every one have some opinion but in my opinion this man can not be a good bowling coach so try to agree some good and leader ship quality bowler thanks. sorry from akram

  • fkhawaja on August 25, 2012, 7:40 GMT

    the problem with pakistan is that all the good coaches get better jobs and no one wants to come to pakistan. then with pakistani coaches we get these fights like waqar and afridi. shoab is too volatile to be a coach. aaquib wanted to be the head coach after doing bowling coach. only other pakistani bowler who has played a lot and not too old was mudassar nazar, sikandar bakht. i thought mudassar was into coaching . so all in all Akram is a decent choice out of what is available. pakistan should get wasim off and on as he is available for 3/4 weeks to be a consultant. or we should get a person like lille or thomson or mcgrath as short term consultants while on tour to help improve our fast bowlers.

  • on August 25, 2012, 7:26 GMT

    We are an emotional nation. Everything we say is emotional. Wasim Shoaib, Wasim Shoaib, Wasim Shoaib is the rant. Wasim Akram is not available full time, Shoaib is over blown as a bowler and has a record of defying authority, so he cannot be authority now. Mohammad Akram was a fair enough bowler and so was Aqib Javed. If we could have Aqib Javed, we can have M. Akram. Good luck and lets hope for the best In addition, properly qualified and foreign coaches cost money and with hardly any cricket happening in Pakistan, PCB may be had pressed financially.

  • sachin_saurav on August 25, 2012, 6:09 GMT

    when i read the head lines that 'akram is new coach' i thought that it was THE GREAT WASIM AKRAM .but its not the case. its really saddening that inspite of producing so many bowling greats and so many wonderful strategic cricketers -PCB was contemplating for a foreign player,who wont even know urdu or the local conditios-they are working as commentators or something else. PCB must rope them in for the pak cric team.

  • on August 27, 2012, 6:32 GMT

    yes i think this is not a bad decision from PCB... now also akram has a great chance to show his caliber & also growth the PAKISTANIi BOWLERS...

  • AndyZaltzmannsHair on August 26, 2012, 15:19 GMT

    Those equating career statistics with an ability to coach are sadly mistaken. Half the international coaches around today are players who were barely county level and yet have excelled as international coaches. I'd rather they pick someone based on ability than mere name and past statistics.

  • on August 26, 2012, 9:01 GMT

    I think PCB has made the right decision. It is better to have an 'experienced student' of the game with the right attitude appointed rather than someone else who will bring in a dozen other problems. There are no secret mantras in bowling. Discipline, consistency and the right attitude are the main things. Akram can manage that with more sanity than the so called champion bowlers.

  • on August 26, 2012, 2:29 GMT

    when misbah was appointed as test captain. everyone was shocked because before his selection as captain he wasnt part of pak squad. now see where he lift test cricket of pakistan. yes great players may not have great coaching skills and see mushtaq ahmed. under his coaching england won 1st int title, a t20 wc 2010. b4 in PCB no one given value to mushtaq's coaching skills. playing mind is different then coaching mind. otherwise tendulkar must be a captain of india according to his average and experience then why dhoniii?????? so never judge specially coach and captain by their career because coaching and captaincy is totally a mind game and dont take this matter too serious because coaching not much effective on player's own talent. tell me under who's coaching imran wasim waqar saqlain delivered??? player also have his own mind so dont wry guys:) aalam was coach of pak in 92 wc so he knew better, who is more suitable. good luck akram.

  • on August 25, 2012, 13:09 GMT

    I 100% agree with Lillian Thomson. Akram was never an impressive fast bowler, very limited talent and skills.Was hardly fifth or sixth choice in his time. Completely lacking expertise of in-swing, out swing,reverse swing, seam, off cutter,leg cutters, simply never utilized slow ball, his speed was never above 145 km. Considering all these facts, I am totally pointless how will he guide other fast bowlers these essential tricks. Actually I believe he himself can learn those skills from Gul and Co. And yes, If Muhammad Amir can be brought in again, Pakistan may overcome its only short coming" The lack of an aggressive, wicket taking fast bowler."

  • on August 25, 2012, 9:48 GMT

    @ ProdigyA: I didn't know getting the better of Pakistan's batting had suddenly become a qualification. Even so, in the Asiacup at-least, you had Kohli to thank and not your bowlers. Anyway, I think facts are best. Cricinfo recently released an article about South Africa, that showed that since 2006, Pakistan has THE lowest test bowling average. As for the super over, if you mean that 2007 t20 world cup, yes, Shoaib Malik was rather stupid about it. He should have used wicket to wicket spinners instead of pacers, and he was grinning throughout, as if it were a joke.I agree that 5 wicket hauls are not strictly the best indicator of a good attack. It should be the average number of wickets taken in test matches.I think cricinfo did mention something about Pakistan having a very high tally there too, in some stats article. Another proof would be that bowling first in a test match is mostly an attacking decision for us on most pitches, whereas batting first is "attacking" for others.

  • on August 25, 2012, 8:55 GMT

    every one have some opinion but in my opinion this man can not be a good bowling coach so try to agree some good and leader ship quality bowler thanks. sorry from akram

  • fkhawaja on August 25, 2012, 7:40 GMT

    the problem with pakistan is that all the good coaches get better jobs and no one wants to come to pakistan. then with pakistani coaches we get these fights like waqar and afridi. shoab is too volatile to be a coach. aaquib wanted to be the head coach after doing bowling coach. only other pakistani bowler who has played a lot and not too old was mudassar nazar, sikandar bakht. i thought mudassar was into coaching . so all in all Akram is a decent choice out of what is available. pakistan should get wasim off and on as he is available for 3/4 weeks to be a consultant. or we should get a person like lille or thomson or mcgrath as short term consultants while on tour to help improve our fast bowlers.

  • on August 25, 2012, 7:26 GMT

    We are an emotional nation. Everything we say is emotional. Wasim Shoaib, Wasim Shoaib, Wasim Shoaib is the rant. Wasim Akram is not available full time, Shoaib is over blown as a bowler and has a record of defying authority, so he cannot be authority now. Mohammad Akram was a fair enough bowler and so was Aqib Javed. If we could have Aqib Javed, we can have M. Akram. Good luck and lets hope for the best In addition, properly qualified and foreign coaches cost money and with hardly any cricket happening in Pakistan, PCB may be had pressed financially.

  • sachin_saurav on August 25, 2012, 6:09 GMT

    when i read the head lines that 'akram is new coach' i thought that it was THE GREAT WASIM AKRAM .but its not the case. its really saddening that inspite of producing so many bowling greats and so many wonderful strategic cricketers -PCB was contemplating for a foreign player,who wont even know urdu or the local conditios-they are working as commentators or something else. PCB must rope them in for the pak cric team.

  • WickyRoy.paklover on August 25, 2012, 5:02 GMT

    @Munafbhai,wel regardng great pak bowlng,u must consult,1.THE STATSGURU,2.THE VRY ARTICLE WHICH Z HIGHLIGHTNG SA'S STRENGTH,U WOULD COME TO KNOW THAT PAK Z Best In BOLOWNG EVEN without our legends (WHich makes d case even more special),present paki lot z nt tear away quick bt they would b vry efectiv if proprly groomd,junaid z highly imprsive,wahab,talha,sadaf,rahat deserve a gd run of play in al frmats pls zia.ul.haq z 4 future ,hopfuly Akram would do well.IND BOWLRS WOULD NEVR B ABLE TO MAKE 2ND STRING PAK ATACK,LOLZ.

  • LillianThomson on August 25, 2012, 4:20 GMT

    Akram was a technically flawed fast bowler, which bodes poorly for this role. He played many of his Tests in Australia, where his pace and bounce failed to compensate for his inability to move the ball off the seam or in the air, other than falling away in his delivery stride and dragging it into the right-handers' pads. Having said that, Pakistan's spinners don't need a coach, and Junaid Khan and Umar Gul are already better than Akram ever was. To be honest, the one and only issue with Pakistan's bowling attack is when and if Amir's sentence is to be commuted. This is important right now: he has served 2 years of a 5 year ban, and in four months they go to tour South Africa, where they will require a third seamer who can bat in place of a second spinner. Even now, I think their best bet is to bat Abdul Razzaq at seven in the Tests in South Africa, in the hope that he can block up an end both as a batter and bowler to keep Gul and Junaid fresh.

  • david44 on August 25, 2012, 3:39 GMT

    @prodigyA why just world cups why not overall cricket according to wikipedia as of march 2012 total test matches between pak and india 69 pak won 12 india won 9 draw/tie 38, total odi's 121 pak won 69 india won 48 draw/tie 4, total T20 2 pak 0 india won 1 draw/tie 1. Under the current circumstances in pakistan i personally am very satisfied with pak cricket

  • on August 25, 2012, 3:32 GMT

    A great player may not be a good coach. Coaching is a different job. M Akram's stats are average but that should not be the criteria to judge him as a bowling coach.

  • ejsiddiqui on August 25, 2012, 3:06 GMT

    Mohammad Akram was a very fine bowler than his avg suggest. You would agree with me if you have seen him bowl. He is level 3 qualified coach and I am happy that Pakistan team has a Pakistani bowling coach. Shoaib could also be a coach but he do has issues with currently playing players. He and Shoaib Akhtar are friends from college days and they used to play together in Gordon College Rawalpindi (although Shoaib was from Govt College Asgar Mall Rawalpindi). He did not achieve much as he played in era where finding a place in the team as a bowler was too difficult (among Waseem, Waqar, Saqlain, Shoaib etc).

    Best of Luck team Pakistan.

  • on August 25, 2012, 2:57 GMT

    @Munafbhai. At least we can bully sides like BD, Scotland and Canada right. The only way, Indian bowlers can scare the opposition batsman's' into submission is by dancing like Sreesanth. hehe. Pakistan has more wins than India, in all three formats and we at least don't go around losing 10 matches in a row. Bye DK bose.

  • on August 25, 2012, 2:50 GMT

    this very ave. bowling of pakistan took them to the world cup semi's austrailia even could'nt make it to the semi's,btw afridi was the leading wicket taker in the last world cup you have to take him out too then you can compare paks bowling with bl'desh maybe.I am not even worried bout paks bowling everybody knows pakistan is the most unpredictable team.

  • on August 25, 2012, 1:47 GMT

    Munafbhai. Lol, Cherry picking performances to put India in a good light against Pakistan won't work when the stats clearly suggests otherwise. Pakistan leads India with the number of wins in every format. Even now, the team has better win ratio, bowling average compared to India. Also, despite losing key players, and controversies, we have managed not only to keep winning, but we have avoided getting hammered 0-8. Anyway, There is no doubt that India has beaten Pakistan on many occasions but Pakistan has the same thing as well. Both countries make Cricket exciting to watch and play. Bye.

  • shahnoor-haque on August 25, 2012, 1:39 GMT

    Shoaib Akhtar was a better choice.He wanted to be Pakistan's bowling coach.I dont know why he is not selected................Akram is a bad choice.

  • on August 25, 2012, 1:36 GMT

    I kind of like Mohammad Akram's appointment just for the fact that he has been less controversial than many of the other high profile bowlers. Now lets bring Inzi as batting coach.

  • fr600 on August 25, 2012, 1:26 GMT

    Really? Mohammad Akram? Where are the legends? Too busy making money with IPL?

  • on August 24, 2012, 22:43 GMT

    If Wasim Akram is not ready to Coach Pakistan bowling, same is Aqib Jawed and Waqar younis, then someone like Muhammad Akram needs a chance to learn and become a bowling coach. He did great bowling in his short career. I wish if the batting coach of Pakistan was also a Pakistan batsman like Inze.

  • on August 24, 2012, 21:57 GMT

    Tests 9 match 17 wkts ave 50.52 r.r 3.48 strike rate 86.8 ODIs 23 19 41.57 4.79 52.0

    For this record he is said to be experianced , he does nt deserve to be pakistani coach ,

  • mumbaiguy79 on August 24, 2012, 21:43 GMT

    so the article says he hasn't had coaching experience and Alam says: ""He is a decent and experienced coach, and has good reputation,"..great!

  • Silverlion on August 24, 2012, 20:38 GMT

    Good bye Pakistan bowling.

  • on August 24, 2012, 20:34 GMT

    Muhammed akram is a good choice fast bowling coz he has played in each and every conditions and spent so much time with pakistan seniors English counties ............ which means he has shared the experience with all the greats of cricket i believe for coaching the requirements should b 35 % is coaching coarse which should b done just for knowing how to transform the knowledge ........ Muhammed akram was no doubt a great fast bowler but an under achiever because he was over shadowed by the greats wasim waqar and shoaid yet i will give him credit for playing for pakistan and performing well after wasim and waqar he could have been brought back into Pakistan team but unfortunately not now its time for muhammed akram to produce good fast bowlers to tell the whole world that i had some thing in me..................

  • on August 24, 2012, 19:59 GMT

    don't thinks he will be a good....in Wasim,Waqar and Shoaib peek era he even finds difficult to keep his place in Pakistan Team eleven, not much talented then Shoaib or Wasin,,,,why shouldn't PCB appointed them?

  • MunafAhmed811 on August 24, 2012, 19:51 GMT

    @ Shams Khan on (August 24 2012, 18:01 PM GMT) ProdigyA; nice joke dude but at least our bowlers actually helps us win matches, unlike your Indian bowlers, who never............. Sure dude whatever rocks your boat...........I just cant seem to recall where your superior bowlers went for vacation when it mattered the most..i.e T20 Worldcup final , WC 1992,1996,1999,2003,2011 knockout matches and more recently when 22 year Kohli hammered your bowling attack like a schoolteam group of bowlers . bullying batsmen from Canada, Scotland and Bangladesh I guess

  • JBerger on August 24, 2012, 19:31 GMT

    Well, seems like PCB probably was looking for a yes-man!

  • ProdigyA on August 24, 2012, 19:25 GMT

    @ShamsKhan - Absurd logic, if 5 wicket hauls are the bench mark to win matches, then why not just play a bowl out thats done in a super over. Well you wont, and you know why. Lol. @Sara Khan - if they have done a commendable job why are they not in the team now? Yes,with the same bowlers we have beaten Pak in the WC and Asia Cup.

  • Sinhaya on August 24, 2012, 19:24 GMT

    Hope Junaid Khan will be the next Wasim Akram of Pakistan. I also guess Pakistan requires a batting coach in the future cos hatting has been Pakistan's main weakness over the many years.

  • heartbreakerz on August 24, 2012, 19:22 GMT

    @prodigy A....i agree that current pak fast bowlers are not that great (but still they are much better than the indian quicks)and our spinners are among the best in the world...so our bowling attack is as good as any other top teams...and the stats show that go and check on statsguru

  • on August 24, 2012, 18:47 GMT

    ProdigyA; You are kidding right! Gul and co have done a commendable job. Anyway, if you really want to see a worst bowling attack in international cricket, than you will just have to take a look at your own Indian bowling side :)

  • on August 24, 2012, 18:09 GMT

    Just when you think PCB is getting better, they prove you wrong! Akram never looked creative and enough to be a coach. Even his commentating career proves he doesn't has many leadership skills. As the article states, Akram does not meet the criteria advertised. Quote: "Akram hadn't been involved with any of the first-class teams in England and Pakistan in a coaching capacity. The appointment, therefore, didn't meet the criteria that were advertised"

    All I can say is that PCB must have hired him not just for coaching but for something else as well.

  • on August 24, 2012, 18:05 GMT

    Pakistan has some good young bowlers coming up through the ranks, so with proper guidance they can certainly excel in world cricket. Personally, I feel it is a good decision because Akram will be more low key and without any big ego, which will help him get along with all the players. All the best to Pakistan.

  • on August 24, 2012, 18:01 GMT

    ProdigyA; nice joke dude but at least our bowlers actually helps us win matches, unlike your Indian bowlers, who never even seems to perform once in a blue moon. haha. How often does Indian bowlers take five wicket bags on a consistent basis or helps the team win by bowling out opposition!! Even despite losing key bowlers, Pakistan has still managed to rack up more wins than India in recent years. That's why we have better win ratio and bowling average compared to India. Cheers.

  • on August 24, 2012, 17:49 GMT

    Disagree with the statement. I think shoaib will make an excellent coach as he was brilliant at swing and seam control especially bowling at the death and he knew how to handle pressure he won us many many games.

    Also let me remind folks that if anything Shoaib has a spotless character when it comes to giving a 110% for his country his body just could not stand up to the intense strain.

    Also who cares what shoaib did in his private time we should care about the athelete and the phenomenal player, unfortunately in Pakistan people tend to focus a lot on percieved "character" when it doesn't matter jack.

    Nothing against Akram I think he will do fine but shoaib would've probably been the better choice.

  • on August 24, 2012, 17:47 GMT

    I think he was chosen by default. Anyway, it could turn out well so let's see eh. Good luck to Pakistan.

  • on August 24, 2012, 17:43 GMT

    Have they got the wrong Akram in?

  • Cool_Jeeves on August 24, 2012, 17:40 GMT

    Going by his playing style, can't see him being a great coach. He was extremely fast indeed, perhaps in the league of an Akhtar, potentially. But he was up and down, with a very front on action, and seemed to lack the cerebral content needed to make the best o his talent, and perhaps his action forced the injuries on him.

  • r1m2 on August 24, 2012, 17:26 GMT

    Mo Akram had a nice bowling action...ya his international record was bad. And for a specialized coaching role, this appointment makes no sense.

    The general coach need not have been a great cricketer, so long as they know cricket and coaching. But a specialized coach really needs to know the craft inside out and have proven it at all the necessary levels. Mo Akram's records mean that he has no experience in taking many wickets, so what wisdom is he going to impart onto the bowlers??? It's a mind boggling appointment to say the least!!!

  • ProdigyA on August 24, 2012, 16:17 GMT

    After the ban of Asif and Amir, Pak pace bowling led by Gul has been one of the worst in Intl cricket. Gul, Riaz, Sami perform once in a blue moon hence have been dropped by PCB. The only saving grace for Pak in bowling has been the spin dept led by Ajmal, who has single handedly won many matches. Just take out his name from the bolwing and it would be worse than B'desh.

  • on August 24, 2012, 16:11 GMT

    Wasim Akram does not want to be a full time bowling coach because of his other coaching and commentating engagements. I understand he has already agreed with PCB to be available part time. The bowling coach has to be a Pakistani who knows the strength and weaknesses of the Pakistani bowlers and can work on those. M. Waseem had a very silky run up and was very talented but he came at a time when we had other top bowlers aiming for that slot. So, he could not get the opportunities on a regular basis. I don't know much about his coaching abilities but if he is able to get through to the players and also gets Wasim Akram in whenever he is available I think he can do a good job. By the way, whoever is thinking about Shoaib Akhtar as a coach must be nuts. Shoaib never listened to any coach or his own team mates - how is he expected to coach anyone. He should coach himself first.

  • on August 24, 2012, 15:45 GMT

    The PCB can't afford Wasim Akram.

  • on August 24, 2012, 15:43 GMT

    Akram is a good choice . People saying about Shoaib Akhtar must be mad. Person like shoaib is never suited for this job. Ist he is an indisciplone person and his fitness level through out his carrer was very low

  • avmd on August 24, 2012, 15:41 GMT

    I m still looking for a forum where only knowledgeable cricket followers could have a discussion. Those who had played cricket at good level, if not at FC level.I'm sure most of the folks here don't know much about Akram. As I knew him, he was a fine bowler, only emerged at a wrong tome, tow Ws time, hence didn't play regularly for Pakistan. He is very knowledgeable and qualified coach, has great experience of Pak, England and other countries playing condition. Spoke very well, when commenting on TV and looks like a guy who can earn his respect from players. Not a very fancied, but a overall a very good, sensible choice. Wish him all the best.

  • sony_sr on August 24, 2012, 15:34 GMT

    I think subcontinent teams are better served by foreign coaches. For all the skills, experience of sub-continent players, they are never exposed to latest trends in training both technical skill wise as well as fitness level wise. Only a foreign coach (AUS/SA/ENG) can implement that professionalism in our teams. If you check india, they started playing well (especially outside subcontinent) after starting to hire foreign coaches.

  • PakPhenom on August 24, 2012, 15:33 GMT

    I always thought he underachieved as a player. Hopefully will turn out to be a good coach..

  • Stieprox on August 24, 2012, 15:29 GMT

    very very poor decision by PCB, arkam was a pathatic bowler,how on earth he can coach pakistani bowlers.

  • on August 24, 2012, 15:06 GMT

    PCB should stick on his decision to appoint a foreign coach this is Pathetic decision.

  • on August 24, 2012, 15:02 GMT

    very good i think we should groom pakistani coaches its nice to have pakistani coaches at international level. we already tried waqar and aqib lets give chance to akram as well....

  • Viru219 on August 24, 2012, 15:02 GMT

    Seems they tried for Wasim AKRAM and got soem AKRAM

  • keptalittlelow on August 24, 2012, 14:58 GMT

    Though not known for his bowling brilliance as a bowler, Mohammad Akram certainly deserves a chance. Thats about the best you can expect from people like Intikhab and co.

  • on August 24, 2012, 14:56 GMT

    @ dradnansdk , i agree with him, he looks like a very low profile guy, and this might suite Pakistan Bowler's, Shoaib is bit high on his own, Wasim is too busy, Aaqib and Waqar has done plenty, so i am some how happy with that decision, and giving him a Year contract is Perfect to check his ability, he cannot prove him self in 2 or 3 months period.

  • on August 24, 2012, 14:47 GMT

    I don't know what ppl are complaining about! Akhtar as good a bowler he was, was never good it came to listening to authority. He never submitted an application. How do you expect PCB to hire someone who didn't even apply for the job?

    Wasim Akram will never coach the Pak team. He is involved in too many ventures and don't see him tied down to a side for sometime.

    Muhammad Akram has a lot of experience in English county and that can help our fast bowlers a lot.

  • on August 24, 2012, 14:23 GMT

    thats what PCB is all about :-) no surprise (ok they surprised, us but still they have every right to surprise their loyal fans. )

  • on August 24, 2012, 14:21 GMT

    lets see what he can give to Pakistan bowling dep hoping for some exciting results...

  • shahzaibq on August 24, 2012, 14:12 GMT

    Cricket experts commenting on the news story: know that Wasim is NOT interested, Waqar QUIT, and Aaqib pursued OTHER opportunities. Thay have all been approached or sought for their services, or already done some time with PCB. Give Muhammad Akram a chance. He has the experience of international cricket, including extensive experience in foreign conditions. I also believe that he does not have as big of an ego as the other three. And for those who say that Wasim can turn around the performances in the next year or so, he wasn't able to do it for KKR in the first few years. But KKR had patience, which the PCB and Pakistanis certainly do not have, so we might not give him such a long rope.

  • TheRealRockNRolla on August 24, 2012, 14:08 GMT

    Actually, this could turn out to be a great decision (InshaAllah), here is why:

    1. He was actually a genuine fast bowler (compared to the likes of Michael Holding) 2. The most important reason, he is extremely patriotic 3. He is a good consultant and knows analysis 4. His career stats may not reflect his true capability but he was a solid line length and outswing bowler - simply a delight to watch

    For those here bashing his selection, seriously guys, refrain from using deragatory remarks please, because he did for Pakistan what none of you or I did - represent! just look at his best bowling in Australia - he was like an Allan Donald or a Michael Holding - politics and injury cut short his career ... it happened to Mohammad Zahid (the fastest ever bowler in World Cricket - go ask Shoaib Akhtar about him) I would have loved to see Shoaib get the job but Mohammad Akram InshaAllah will do good.

    Best wishes, Pakistan Zindabad, Pakistan Paendabad

  • AliK. on August 24, 2012, 14:01 GMT

    It is a very good step to appoint Mohammad Akram. He was a very good bowler who could not cement his place in the Pakistan team because of the wrong timing. With Waqar, Wasim, and Aaquib in the team, it would have been difficult for any good bowler to book himself a permanent spot. At his peak, He was certainly better than our current bowlers (Gull, Sami, Aziz Cheema, and Junaid Khan). Mohd Akram has a good all-around experience of having played in Pakistani domestic, international, and English county circuits. He is also a very groomed individual. Good luck to him and the Pakistan team! Good job PCB!!

  • muhammed.saad on August 24, 2012, 13:54 GMT

    if PCB wanted to hire an inexperience coach like AKRAM than AKTHER is a far better choice...... poor decision by PCB :/

  • on August 24, 2012, 13:53 GMT

    that seems to be a poor decision by pathetic cricket board not Pakistan cricket board.

  • on August 24, 2012, 13:51 GMT

    Time will tell if the decision to hire him was correct. But kudos must be given to Waqar, who did an excellent job with the Pakistan bowlers; who have managed to single handily win numerous matches for the team. Anyway, all the best to Pakistan.

  • dradnansdk on August 24, 2012, 13:48 GMT

    a good player will be a good coach is not necessary and a bad player doesn't mean that he will be a bad coach so just wait and give him chance.there are many examples of coaches who had never played any test matches or first class matches but they are good coaches.if someone will not give him chance then how he will get experience so guys have a patience and wait

  • a.syed81 on August 24, 2012, 13:46 GMT

    Pathetic decision, Just look at his carrier statistic. He is not way near of Wasim, Waqar and Aaqib.

  • on August 24, 2012, 13:45 GMT

    very bad decision taken by PCB... Because when Mohsin hasan Khan was coach of Paksitan PCB changed and said we will appoint foriegn batting coach , now they are appointing a Pakistani bowling coach which has not a very good record in international cricket.. now where PCB chairman...? they expelled mohsin hasan khan who was brilliant coach for Pakistan, but now they are appointing coach like Muhammad Akram...... i think this should not happen... PCB should review their decision... Muhammad Saad Suhail

  • Percy_Fender on August 24, 2012, 13:44 GMT

    He was probably the quickest of Waqar, Aaqib and Wasim. He was very low key despite that and it surprised me that he did not play more tests than he did.If he does'nt have the egos of the great trinity, he will do well.

  • on August 24, 2012, 13:42 GMT

    I don't know Why they cant offer Wasim Akram, may be demand is higher than expected or don't have interest with PCB, it looks doesn't like PCB Chairman. if Wasim Akram come as bowler coach I am sure PAK will get the strongest team in short 1 or 2 years.

  • on August 24, 2012, 13:31 GMT

    Pak must appoint well known person as a coach like Waqar Younis / Aqib Javed etc

  • LeftBrain on August 24, 2012, 13:26 GMT

    Interesting, but I certainly agree to the basic notion that Pakistan's bowling coach had to be a former Pakistani pacer, given the rich history of extra ordinary talents they produced in last 60 odd years. Mushtaq Ahmed was a meaningless idea. I am not sure about availability of Wasim but after the fact that Waqar just finished his stunt and is unlikely to be involved with PCB in near future and Imran is busy in POlitics, Akram sounds like a good choice.

  • Hassan_U on August 24, 2012, 13:25 GMT

    He never be able to match the likes of Aqib Javed or Waqar Younis when they were bowling coaches...Dissapointed. Player of 7 test and 20 odd ODI is made a coach. What are PCB thinking of giving him a role like this.

  • on August 24, 2012, 13:22 GMT

    How pathetic, Have a look at his states on Cricinfo!! and also he has not yet done coaching for any first class cricket team!!

  • IdreesTanoli on August 24, 2012, 13:18 GMT

    Poor decision by PCB...Shoaib Akhtar is much much better than him

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  • IdreesTanoli on August 24, 2012, 13:18 GMT

    Poor decision by PCB...Shoaib Akhtar is much much better than him

  • on August 24, 2012, 13:22 GMT

    How pathetic, Have a look at his states on Cricinfo!! and also he has not yet done coaching for any first class cricket team!!

  • Hassan_U on August 24, 2012, 13:25 GMT

    He never be able to match the likes of Aqib Javed or Waqar Younis when they were bowling coaches...Dissapointed. Player of 7 test and 20 odd ODI is made a coach. What are PCB thinking of giving him a role like this.

  • LeftBrain on August 24, 2012, 13:26 GMT

    Interesting, but I certainly agree to the basic notion that Pakistan's bowling coach had to be a former Pakistani pacer, given the rich history of extra ordinary talents they produced in last 60 odd years. Mushtaq Ahmed was a meaningless idea. I am not sure about availability of Wasim but after the fact that Waqar just finished his stunt and is unlikely to be involved with PCB in near future and Imran is busy in POlitics, Akram sounds like a good choice.

  • on August 24, 2012, 13:31 GMT

    Pak must appoint well known person as a coach like Waqar Younis / Aqib Javed etc

  • on August 24, 2012, 13:42 GMT

    I don't know Why they cant offer Wasim Akram, may be demand is higher than expected or don't have interest with PCB, it looks doesn't like PCB Chairman. if Wasim Akram come as bowler coach I am sure PAK will get the strongest team in short 1 or 2 years.

  • Percy_Fender on August 24, 2012, 13:44 GMT

    He was probably the quickest of Waqar, Aaqib and Wasim. He was very low key despite that and it surprised me that he did not play more tests than he did.If he does'nt have the egos of the great trinity, he will do well.

  • on August 24, 2012, 13:45 GMT

    very bad decision taken by PCB... Because when Mohsin hasan Khan was coach of Paksitan PCB changed and said we will appoint foriegn batting coach , now they are appointing a Pakistani bowling coach which has not a very good record in international cricket.. now where PCB chairman...? they expelled mohsin hasan khan who was brilliant coach for Pakistan, but now they are appointing coach like Muhammad Akram...... i think this should not happen... PCB should review their decision... Muhammad Saad Suhail

  • a.syed81 on August 24, 2012, 13:46 GMT

    Pathetic decision, Just look at his carrier statistic. He is not way near of Wasim, Waqar and Aaqib.

  • dradnansdk on August 24, 2012, 13:48 GMT

    a good player will be a good coach is not necessary and a bad player doesn't mean that he will be a bad coach so just wait and give him chance.there are many examples of coaches who had never played any test matches or first class matches but they are good coaches.if someone will not give him chance then how he will get experience so guys have a patience and wait