Former Pakistan fast bowler Aaqib Javed has said that he is still is working with the PCB in a coaching capacity, ending speculation that he was heading to the National Cricket Academy after recently being replaced as assistant coach of the senior team.
Aaqib, 37, who was replaced by Mohtashim Rasheed as Intikhab Alam's deputy, said he had a meeting with board chairman Ijaz Butt about his future. "I had a meeting with the chairman and he has told me that for now I will be working at fast bowling camps alongside the likes of Wasim Akram and Waqar Younis, rather than returning to the Academy," Aaqib told Pakpassion.net. "Let's wait and see what happens in the future though."
Aaqib, who represented Pakistan in 22 Tests and 163 ODIs, said he would be heading to Lahore for the camps on September 25. "The camp will last a couple of weeks and will prepare the boys for the Quaid-e-Azam Trophy which is due to start on October 10," he said. "The players scheduled to attend the camp will be announced by the selectors in three or four days time, but it will comprise boys who are on the fringes of national selection like Wahab [Riaz] and [Mohammad] Talha, as well as some promising Under-19 bowlers. It should be a good couple of weeks and I'm really looking forward to it."
Aaqib believed a successful and effective coach was one who took pride in his work. "I'm not one for shouting at the players, or making a lot of noise for the sake of it," he said. "Coaching players is about ensuring that you show a caring attitude towards the players. You have to be able to communicate effectively, pay attention to detail, as well as be able to listen to what the players are telling you. At the end of the day the players input into discussions is invaluable.
"You have to earn the respect of the players you are working with. We have to be pulling in the same direction. I work very hard with the players and in return the players who work hard for me get their rewards."