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Mushtaq Ahmed named Pakistan bowling consultant

Umar Farooq

May 12, 2014

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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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Posted by   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 :)

Posted by 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...

Posted by 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.

Posted by   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

Posted by   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

Posted by 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

Posted by 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

Posted by 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.

Posted by   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.

Posted by   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

Posted by Match_Referee on (May 12, 2014, 16:02 GMT)

Good decision, selecting Mushi over SQ, because he was in the field for many years... The term' Coaching" in cricket is often misunderstood. Knowledge of game is more important than knowledge of art for a coach. Don't think a coach is a person who teaches something. . Coach is a person who develops the players by telling how to react in a particular situation, how to respond to the opponents strategy, identify the weakness of the players and overcome them etc. To do that you should have good understanding of the game. Why did England team persist with Mushi for 6 years even though there was no leg spinner in their team? Mushi can develop great finger spinners (with doosra) if he knows the players game. You needn't be a great player to become a great coach. By the way, for doosra, why you need SQ, Ajmal himslef can teach that...

Posted by   on (May 12, 2014, 15:26 GMT)

I would have preferred Saqi anyway, he is more attacking and thinks ahead of a batsman which is a key ability for any bowler. Mushtaq on other hand may have benefited a lot during his stint with ECB and his experience may come good when he will coach the guys at national level. So, wishing him luck and lets see who will be the batting coach.

Posted by   on (May 12, 2014, 15:21 GMT)

they should appoint saqlain mushtaq for spin bowling coach in pcb academy. that will help offspinners and teaching them dusra. and also serving spinners can get help inbetween camps .

Posted by Nutcutlet on (May 12, 2014, 15:12 GMT)

Posted by Shahzeb Javed on (May 12, 2014, 14:33 GMT): if you'll allow me to say so, your comment is extraordinary. Which of the two was the better spinner is not the same as deciding who is the better coach/ mentor. It may occur to you that they are different roles. Very good or great players do not automatically make very good or great coaches. There is zero correlation between the two.

Posted by   on (May 12, 2014, 14:33 GMT)

I Cant belive saqlain lost of Mushtaq....i really cant belive this... we all know who is a better spinner...

Posted by drnaveed on (May 12, 2014, 14:23 GMT)

i totally agree , they both should have been appointed at the same time. one coaching the leg spin stuff , the other one coaching the off spin stuff ,and if there was choice of selecting only one of them , than saqlain should have been selected , there is no match between the two .

Posted by keptalittlelow on (May 12, 2014, 14:06 GMT)

Very disappointed with this selection. Mushtaq Ahmed might have helped England's spinners, he is of little value to Pakistan's world class spinners who could teach Mushtaq Ahmed a thing or two. Saqlain Mushtaq would have been a different diamention altogether, Saqlain has done wonders with the BD and WI spinners.well this is PCB for you.

Posted by   on (May 12, 2014, 13:25 GMT)

i think this is 50-50 decision. at the moment, pak have got off spinners in team and in that sense saqlain would have been better. and as media reported, saqlain as bowling coach and mushtaq as coach in academy would have been better.

However, he has a vast experience with ECB and ECB & england team with coaches like Andy were highly professional people and certainly he would have learned something from them. Also as some one mentioned, that he will also be helpful for batsmen. we had a lot of issues from leg spinners recently. even part time spinners have troubled pak batsmen. So his presence will help in batting as well. And many leg spinners are coming in to game and rising up. so we need to find some as well.

Regarding justice Qayum's report, i think it is not of much issue. Other wise ECB would not have given him role for so many years.

Posted by whatawicket on (May 12, 2014, 13:18 GMT)

sorry to see him go. i thought he did a very good job, and as an attacking spinner must have helped the spinners.

not sure if Peter Such was the way to go. i dont think it was a money issue, but i think get the best person you can afford. one of the best players of spin we had was Graham Thorpe so i take it hes been moved up the ladder from his lesser job which i agree with.

England to batting coach.and the changes at the top i find very strange i know moore was coach of my county side but surely we could have done better

Posted by   on (May 12, 2014, 13:17 GMT)

I dont honestly see why you can not go the extra mile and appoint Saqqy for Off spin work and Mushy for leg spin work, ive seen saqqy coach in person hes a very thoughtful creative mind, any team would benefit from his services but at a younger level as the U19s are the ones who need to develop their ability ready for the big stage

Posted by Zahidsaltin on (May 12, 2014, 13:05 GMT)

They should employ both of them. This investment will pay divdends.

Posted by S.Kamran.Ali on (May 12, 2014, 12:46 GMT)

I think Saqlain should pick for this post & Mushi for NCA to guide new leg spinners such as karamat ali, yasir shah etc..

Posted by haqster499 on (May 12, 2014, 12:39 GMT)

coaching in the modern game is now more about the mental and strategic approach to the game. Mushy has a good cricketing brain and his experience of being around Gooch, Flower and a large number of tests with Eng would help bring new perspective to the Pakistani set up....

Remember just because you are a good cricketer doesn't mean you will be a good coach....

Posted by   on (May 12, 2014, 11:46 GMT)

its a good move, working with vicky would be a better ordination and will help the team specially in test matches cauz in test matches u need to deceived the batsmen with different strategy, that why mushi is right man for the right position, good luck

Posted by Wasim.Sattar on (May 12, 2014, 11:41 GMT)

A Ridiculous decision by a TV Journalist who unfortunately has been given command to run the cricketing affairs of Pakistan. Not a single Leg Spinner in the side has been included in the side since long. To whom Mushtaq will coach. Will he Coach Umar Gul, Junaid Khan in the presence of Waqar Younus or Ahmad Shahzad and other Middle Order batsmen. We should also look towards teams performance in 2007 World Cup when Mushtaq was Bowling Coach.

Posted by   on (May 12, 2014, 11:40 GMT)

Saqlain Mushtaq was a far better choice. Mushtaq Ahmed hasn't been able to bring out anything exceptional in England spinners while Saqlain has done wonders with the BD and WI spinners.

Posted by   on (May 12, 2014, 11:39 GMT)

i am amazed Pakistan has two superb off spinners with "DOSRA" ability and PCB appointed leg spinner as spin coach.... saqlain would have been tailor made for this spin attack

Posted by malepas on (May 12, 2014, 11:33 GMT)

I think Mushy will be better selection for PAK considering PAK hasn't got a good legy in recent times and they are coming back in world cricket big time Plus and this will be a Big Plus, PAK batters are also struggling against leg spinners lately so he could arrange some extra sessions for batters as well, as for his couching, I think he is better option as he is coming off from an English setup which is the most professional in the world and he would be able to pass some good new tips to the current and future bowlers and batters alike. Saqi unlucky to be missed out but I think, Mushy has better bowling and coaching experience then him so good choice there, Good luck.

Posted by Bilal_Choudry on (May 12, 2014, 11:05 GMT)

I think Mushy should be a better choice for a batting consultant considering Pak have a top order who cant read ave leg spinners ... I remember even Jevan Mendis googly was unplayable to us

Posted by   on (May 12, 2014, 10:58 GMT)

with no prominent leg spinner in current Pakistani side how will Mushtaq Ahmed help, there isn't any need spin bowling coach in presence of Waqar Younas PCB should go for Batting consultant.

Posted by   on (May 12, 2014, 10:47 GMT)

They can make specailist post Off spin bowling coach and higher Saqlain too.

Posted by   on (May 12, 2014, 10:24 GMT)

Saqlain was far better choice. Have you no seen what he has done with WI spinners in such a short time? Compare that to England spinners, they are useless .

Posted by   on (May 12, 2014, 10:00 GMT)

not a good decision saqlain is a good choice compare to mushtaq .. as we have more off spinners and if saqlain was there then in next few months we find some quality off spinners with doosra.

Posted by   on (May 12, 2014, 9:57 GMT)

It was very difficult decision as both spinners are good bowling coaches as well, congratulation to mushi and best of luck for Pakistan Cricket team.

Posted by   on (May 12, 2014, 9:42 GMT)

Good move... I guess but not great Coz ajmal, hafeez, Rahman , z. Babar, Raza Hassan these are off breakers .. If Saqi was appointed it would have been great.. But never than less .. Good. Move by PCB Good luck Mushi..?

Posted by   on (May 12, 2014, 9:39 GMT)

Good selection, i wish as if he could jelled himself with waqar. Hoping to have grant flower as batting coach and jonty for fielding.

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