Pakistan news April 7, 2014

Shoaib Akhtar set to start coaching career

ESPNcricinfo staff

Shoaib Akhtar is likely to start his coaching career with State Bank of Pakistan for the coming season, the Dawn has reported. According to Zaheer-ul-Hassan, the department's team manager, Shoaib has agreed to take up the role of the head coach and is awaiting a clearance from the bank's sports committee.

"It will be a huge bonus for us to have a cricketer of his stature in the support staff as the head coach. We are extremely happy that Shoaib has expressed his desire to play his role in uplifting the State Bank cricket team," Zaheer told the Dawn. "Shoaib has shown deep interest when we approached him. At the moment, we are in the process of formalising the contract details."

State Bank of Pakistan avoided relegation from the departmental first-class competition after they finished tenth in the 11-team competition. Zaheer said that the team was looking to beef up the support staff to improve the performances in the coming season.

"Yeah, it was a very close call [to avert relegation] last season," he said. "At times the entire squad was under great pressure to survive the drop. Had that been the case, it would have been pretty hard for us to run the team because a colossal amount is spent each season.

Considered one of the fastest bowlers of his era, Shoaib made his debut in November 1997 and retired after the 2011 World Cup in a career marred with controversy and injuries. He had expressed in 2012 his interest in taking up the role of bowling coach in the Pakistan national team set-up, under Dav Whatmore, but such a deal never materialised.

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  • Engr_cricket on April 11, 2014, 17:17 GMT

    first of all the writter could have displayed the better piture of Shaoib Akhtar.. Second i think good Cricketrs are useful after retirement in two areas. I.Coaching II.Administration in board. If he gets chance as coach there should be no harsh feelings for that because its just chance at domestic level.If he proves himself then he may think to go ahead with coaching stuff.If not then he should come back to TV and start criticizing others.Simple

  • fzsTrio on April 11, 2014, 13:30 GMT

    Shoaib has to learn how to communicate his disagreement first. I have been wrong in the past. I hope I am wrong this time too about Shoaib.

  • android_user on April 9, 2014, 10:49 GMT

    good fast bowler but poor attitude & discipline. active on media but mostly crticism for just sake of criticism.

    anyway, its a domestic team so good to start from that level and after that we can judge better about his coaching abilities

    good luck

  • right_arm_fastest on April 8, 2014, 22:30 GMT

    Akther had attitude problem throughout his carrier. He recently became very active on media which has helped him land this job. Don't think it is a wise decision.

  • xylofon on April 8, 2014, 15:01 GMT

    We know what hes done as a bowler but do not see the discipline & maturity needed to be a good coach coming from this man. I LOVE HIM to bits and pieces as a pakistani fan but Im very doubtful he will be a good coach over the course of a time unless he applies himself to the task.

    Also, why cant these people learn something else besides cricket? There must be tons of stuff out there they could learn to appreciate. Not just Shoaib but all these football players, entertainment stars etc. (look at rolling stones)

    Best of luck though. I hope he takes it seriously.

  • Cricket_theBestGame on April 8, 2014, 2:16 GMT

    akhtar is an honest speaker. he told miandad the other day on Geo news that he is also responsible for pakistan's downturn and bad team culture since he had been a coach, and director himself in PCB setup and has done nothing to change that culture. miandad didn't have much to say after that.

    the only downside is by the time akhtar stops speaking the training session will be 2-3hrs old and all the players would be sleeping..the guy can talk !

  • CrapySaysThat on April 8, 2014, 2:14 GMT

    As an Aussie coach there few bowlers' videos we show to our young talent to learn from them and Shoab, Glen, Wasim, Waqar and Stern are the top fives. I reckon Shoab should be picked as the Pak bowling coach as he has improved phenomenally off the field too during last few years. Transformation into a mature and positive Shoab is great for Cricket. While listening to him few days back I really wished that he would be like that positive during his bowling pinnacle. He is like Shain Warne who although achieved heaps could have done thrice more. As Pak is one of the team and board that give chances to young coaches, players, etc. so hopefully we will see him as Pak Coach soon. Best of luck!!!

  • ICKY on April 7, 2014, 21:31 GMT

    Those of you who mentioned Thomo was quicker than Shoaib Akhtar, if 160.4 is quicker than 161.7, then I guess, you guys need some summer calsses for your Maths and Cricket as well. Shoaib could have created lots of records but being a naughty young man, he just got into distractions of all sorts. Nevertheless. he was fearsome for batsmen and awesom for the fans to watch. Can be really useful coach for Pak team, better than a mediocre ball of his time, Mohammad Akram, and obviously a weak and ineffective coach. People call him good coach for having a good bowler like Saeed Ajmal, which has got nothing to do with him. Please look at Saqlain Mushtaq and Mushtaq Ahmad coaching other teams, why cant we have them for our upcomming spinners. Why do we have Mohammad Akram as a coach when he himself was a mediocre bowler for very short career. Go Akhtar Go...Pak team needs you badly.

  • wapuser on April 7, 2014, 16:23 GMT

    It's good to hear that he is going to coach the domestic team which is at number 10 in national level. I hope that he will help to bring that team in top levels. If is very honest and straight forward person which sometimes does not work but he is full of passion and ambition. Passion and ambition are two things that help you to achieve your goal and you cross your Hurdles smoothly. He loves his country I hope he will help talented players to groom. If he does well in domestic level, then he should be given a chance to coach national level. Because current Pakistan's bowling coach has failed to polish pakisan's bowling attack and actually it got worse since he is coaching. Look at Siri Lanka 's team good quality X players are managing their cricket and they proved and showed the results in few months. Go Go Go Shoaib show it to your critics that Allah has given you ability to prove yourself.

  • android_user on April 7, 2014, 16:05 GMT

    this is going to be great will be a good start to something great ! good luck shoaib akhtar one of the best bowlers in the world

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