Pakistan news April 24, 2014

Akram shifted to academy role


The PCB has relieved Mohammad Akram from the role of national bowling coach only to appoint him as head coach of the national cricket academy (NCA).

The PCB said in a statement that the decision was taken "in consultation with Mohammad Akram in order to strengthen grass-roots cricket through additional training camps and procedures for upcoming youngsters". He will work with the national team, the statement said, whenever required.

Akram has also been drafted into a six-man selection committee, headed by Moin Khan, along with former wicketkeeper Saleem Yousaf and batsmen Shoaib Mohammad, Ijaz Ahmed and Wajahatullah Wasti.

Akram, earlier this year, had signed a two-year contract as bowling coach but was facing an uncertain fate with the coaching panel as another former fast bowler Waqar Younis was expected to roll in as head coach of the national team. Now the PCB abolished the role of bowling coach.

The PCB has also announced a six-man selection committee, inducting Wasti who has been working as head coach of departmental team ZTBL and Yousaf, who has been working in the customs department in an executive post.

Shoaib was the fielding coach with Pakistan during the Asia Cup and World T20, while Ijaz is the NCA's fielding coach.

For Yousaf and Shoaib, this is their second stint as a selector, having been involved in 2003 when the committee was headed by Aamir Sohail. Wasti, who last played for Pakistan in 2000, has been coaching on the domestic circuit since he retired from playing in 2010.

The PCB setup has been in extensive transition after the Zaka Ashraf regime. The newly-announced selection committee will be the first full-time panel in the last 10 months after Iqbal Qasim decided to not renew his contract - since then, an interim selection panel has been functioning.

The new selection committee effectively replaces a trio of long-serving members - Azhar Khan, Saleem Jaffar and Farukh Zaman - who had been engaged in selection affairs since 2007.

The selection committee's first assignment will be to pick the squad for the Sri Lanka tour in August this year, following the upcoming summer camp from May 6 to June 6 in Lahore.

Umar Farooq is ESPNcricinfo's Pakistan correspondent. @kalson

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  • Faizan on April 26, 2014, 4:32 GMT

    I think Pakistan needs to get back Aqib Javed in the bowling coach role. He had a good tenure as bowling coach and that was reflective in the bowling performances then. For the batting coach role I'd want to get Rahul Dravid, VVS Laxman or Saurav Ganguly. If Indians can have our great bowlers as coaches then I feel no harm in suggesting the names of these batting greats from India. I would want to see Saeed Anwar as head coach, just make him accept that role and things would change not for good but for great for Pakistan cricket team. I support Saeed Anwar as head coach because he was one player who knew how to control his nerves in pressure games and had great temperament. With our young team he would be the perfect calming influence for our team. Convince Saeed Anwar for the head coach role please.

  • ESPN on April 25, 2014, 20:10 GMT

    the Cricket World knows about Pakistan has the best bowlers production house but we need a proper batting coach too produce batsmen for long run so they should work on batting dept. like Australia, England, India and South Africa built they players for long run

  • Android on April 25, 2014, 14:14 GMT

    this is good. fast bowling under him was really below average. i think waqar looks a strong candidate now for head coach and he can look after fast bowling as well.

    but mulitiple positions to same people is not good practice. now akram got 2 roles. moin already got 3 poaitions.

    selection team looks healthy with more members than normal3. but couple of names there have not that impressive record themselves. anyway, time will tell if these guys do well.

  • Dummy4 on April 25, 2014, 10:16 GMT

    Thank God, this guy has done so much damage to our bowling attack. Just look at Junaid and Gul. Also it was him who insisted to play Irfan in test matches. I'll party today.

  • Dummy4 on April 25, 2014, 4:22 GMT

    PCB has become a joke in last few years, chairman been sacked/reinstated, coach resigned due to health reasons, captain been sacked than T2o captain stood down, I mean enough is enough. PCB should pull their head in and make some solid long time decisions. Wasim Akram will never signed as a head coach, I mean seriously its not about money for Wasim, its about fame he is getting in India. PCB should sign a local/former Pakistani Cricketer, perhaps Inzy or Saeed Anwar. Shahid Afridi was a good captain Pakistan had have after Imran and Wasim, may be they(PCB) make him the captain for T20 and ODI till world cup 2015.

  • Zeeshan on April 25, 2014, 2:06 GMT

    Best suitable are two coaches:

    Inzimam - Batting Coach (He worked with the team before they went to India in 2012) Wasim Akram - Head Coach

  • Dummy4 on April 24, 2014, 22:56 GMT

    Yeah I think we need a good and fresh start. Have to get rid of some old thought minded people in Pakistan cricket. That's the only way forward I guess. Need some new faces with new ideas to take our cricket forward.

  • Ryo on April 24, 2014, 21:19 GMT

    Akram took a bit of flak because bowling standards under him dipped a bit. Let's see who fills in all these positions. Waqar seems a bit of a certainty right now. We'll see who partners him.

  • Dummy4 on April 24, 2014, 21:12 GMT

    Mohsin Khan for batting coach.

  • Dummy4 on April 24, 2014, 20:11 GMT

    why wajahat ul wasti and shoaib muhamad they dont have the selctor material . one who is not good at technique itself and nor have the mental capacity to be best at the highest level shoud not be in the selection panel poor choice made. people with technique as well as mental attitude should be there who can smell a talent in any body from faraway hope so this mistake is corrected reall soon otherwise we will se some more damage done to pakistan cricket we need good people to support pakistan who will not just use their tongue but wil do something practicaly

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