Pakistan news May 12, 2014

Mushtaq Ahmed named Pakistan bowling consultant

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Mushtaq Ahmed, the former legspinner, has been named Pakistan's bowling consultant. His appointment was made on the recommendation of the PCB's coach selection committee and approved by newly-appointed head coach, Waqar Younis, the Pakistan board said in a release. Mushtaq has been appointed with immediate effect and his contract will extend until May 2016.

Since 2008, Mushtaq had worked as a spin-bowling coach with England and was recently released by the ECB, which is likely to bring in Peter Such as a replacement. This is Mushtaq's second stint with Pakistan - he had earlier served as bowling consultant during home series against England and India between 2005 and 2006.

The PCB said former offspinner Saqlain Mushtaq was also short-listed for the job, but lost out to Mushtaq.

Mushtaq was one of the players implicated in the Justice Qayyum commission report in 2000, after which he was fined Rs. 3 lakh. The commission had recommended that Mushtaq be censured, kept under close watch and not be given any office of responsibility [selection or captaincy] in the team or on the board.

His appointment, despite a six-year association with the ECB, is being seen as controversial due to the report. However, his fairly successful stint with England - in an era when Graeme Swann rose to prominence - has meant that the PCB is willing to take him on despite the criticism.

"There is no concern shown by PCB at all and I am excited to work with my own country," Mushtaq told ESPNcricinfo. "I always wanted to work with Pakistan and if a country like England can support me, then why not my own country. England is a country that is very sensitive [about match-fixing] and they had utilised my services, then how come the critics in Pakistan are raising a finger on me.

"I have a contract according to which I will be working at the NCA, on the development of the upcoming spinners, apart from the national role. Obviously, the present lot [of bowlers] in Pakistan is established but I am aiming to carry on the momentum, which is important in the longer run."

Mushtaq, last played for Pakistan in 2003 but extended his county career and retired from first-class cricket in 2008. In 2003 he became the first bowler in five years to take 100 wickets in the English season. He played 52 Tests and 144 ODIs, taking 185 Test wickets and 161 one-day wickets in 14-year international career.

Umar Farooq is ESPNcricinfo's Pakistan correspondent. @kalson

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  • dummy4fb on May 13, 2014, 15:01 GMT

    I just don't know why Coaching is so over-hyped, in the end 11 players on the field matters not coaches :)

  • rawjns on May 13, 2014, 12:22 GMT

    no legspinner in team and we have mushi they havent got saqi to train hafeez ajmal raza hassan incredible its the same fixers coming to the management side moin mushi waqar ejaz ahmed in nca they were all named and shamed in qaum report and were not be given any position or role in future endeavours...

  • Syed_imran_abbas on May 13, 2014, 11:23 GMT

    He should be working more with academy players.. To my opinion Saqlain could have been better option. Pakistan is currently lacking a good fast bowling all rounder in the team. They are yet to find razzaq s replacement. Pakistan must work on fast bowling all rounders. That will really help them in World Cup as well.

  • dummy4fb on May 13, 2014, 10:28 GMT

    Another good move by PCB,beit for a change. What we need now is a good batting coach as well.Both Waqar and Mushi will bring lot of positivety to the dressing room

  • dummy4fb on May 13, 2014, 10:09 GMT

    the person with better experience will progress.....i think overall it is a good move and he can groom new talent like raza hasan

  • EasterncafeXI on May 13, 2014, 9:59 GMT

    Good news for Pakistan cricket, we got one but we aslo want Sqlain, get Saqlain in to the NCA, and give him any job of finding players from around the countrt

  • BEZHAHS on May 13, 2014, 9:44 GMT

    Disappointing selection once again by PCB. Instead of selecting a world class spinner, PCB went with someone with pretty ordinary spin skills. Although his coaching experience is lot more with English cricket team, his term with Pakistani team will be pretty ordinary. If he is such a great coach how comes ECB released him during restructuring of the team. I really hope I am proved wrong

  • Haleos on May 13, 2014, 8:24 GMT

    He will do a excellent job with pakistan where the players will understand him better. In England he was a waste.

  • dummy4fb on May 13, 2014, 0:51 GMT

    Everyone knows that Pakistan has problems with batting and fielding. Even substandard Pakistani bowling attack is more than a handful for most teams to handle. Yet they keep hiring bowling coaches. Who is Mushtaq going to help? Saeed Ajmal, Shahid Afridi, Zulfiqar Babar, Abdur Rehman? They are all in their 30s and been playing cricket for long enough to know how to bowl. If they needed Mushtaq's input somewhere, they needed it at the National Academy level. He has been part of the English setup and could have implement some of that infrastructure in Pakistan.

  • android_user on May 12, 2014, 17:41 GMT

    i think its good decision because he toured with england to australia which will help us in wc

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