Wasim criticizes ex-cricketers for not applying for coach job

ISLAMABAD:  Legendary fast bowler Wasim Akram has criticized former cricketers, who refused to go through the process of applying for the position of the national cricket team’s head coach.

Wasim Akram along with former captain Rameez Raja was part of the panel, appointed by Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) to shortlist candidates for the new coach after the resignation of Waqar Younis following the national team’s disappointing show in the ICC World T20 2016.

Though the former captain did not take any name, his criticism seemed directed towards former opening batsman Mohsin Khan and fast bowler Aaqib Javed – the duo who showed interest in the position but refused to go through the process.

Mohsin, who served as the head coach for a short period in 2012, was not willing to be interviewed by Akram and Raja. As per reports, he wanted to apply for the post directly to PCB Chairman Shaharyar Khan. While Aqib reportedly said he would not apply since he felt the panel was set on hiring a foreign coach. In the end, Dean Jones, Mickey Arthur, Stuart Law and Andy Moles were short-listed for the job with Arthur eventually earning the appointment.

“What sort of attitude and mindset is this?” One former player said I will apply and talk directly to the chairman. When you have such a mindset how can one expect them to work well with the Pakistan team?” Akram said while talking to a news channel on Sunday.

The former left-arm pacer said that it would not be fair to expect the new coach to bring sweeping changes right away. “One should not expect him (Arthur) to bring about improvement immediately as our team is currently languishing at ninth position in the ODI rankings. He will require time to turn things

around,” he said.

“It is shameful but this downslide has not happened overnight. It is a result of the fact that our domestic cricket structure has lost its competitive edge and is not producing quality players for a while now.”

Pakistan will tour England in July this year to play four Tests, five ODIs and a T20I. Akram believed this would a tough tour for Pakistan, especially for batsmen.

“Don’t expect them (England) to prepare flat pitches for our batsmen. The Duke ball will seam and swing on grassy pitches and it’ll be a real test for our batsmen to negotiate the ball.”

Akram also did not agree with the decision of the new selection panel, headed by Inzamam-ul-Haq, to drop Ahmed Shehzad and Umar Akmal from the training camp for the England tour probables on disciplinary grounds.

“If we drop players on purely disciplinary grounds then let me tell you many of our era would not have even played for Pakistan, including myself.

“I think if a player has a problem it is the job of the team management and captain to deal with it and get him to perform,” he added.-APP