A BATTING WITH BIMAL BREAKING REPORT: Mushtaq Ahmed to become Pakistan’s new bowling coach?

Ahmed is one of the frontrunners to become Pakistan’s new bowling coach

Former Pakistan leg-spinner, Mushtaq Ahmed, has been named as one of the leading candidates to become Pakistan’s new bowling coach.

Ahmed, who is currently a bowling consultant with the England squad, who just finished their tour of Sri Lanka, has already met with Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) chairman, Zaka Ashraf, twice.

A source close to the PCB, said: “Mushtaq has met with the Board Chairman and discussed the possibility of taking over as bowling coach and working with head coach, Dav Whatmore.”

Ahmed was a member of the Pakistan squad that won the World Cup in 1992, but, for the past few years, has been working on obtaining coaching credentials and working in England as a professional full time coach.

The source also said that the PCB are extremely impressed with the qualifications and experience that Ahmed has.

“”Many officials in the Board and some senior members of the Pakistan team are impressed with the experience Mushtaq has obtained while working in England and also as a bowling consultant with the England team in the last two three years,” the source said.

Ahmed, had worked as the Pakistan bowling coach three years ago, before taking up a more lucrative contract with the England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB).

The source also stated that the PCB have been looking for a bowling coach for a while now, and advertised the post recently, giving interested candidates until the 23rd of March to hand in their applications and CVs.

“What I know is that three former Pakistan bowlers, Mohammad Akram, Shahid Mahboob and Jalaluddin have also applied to the coaching committee which is headed by Intikhab Alam,” the source said.

The coaching committee also includes former Pakistan Test Captain, Zaheer Abbas, held its first meeting to discuss the applications sent in, after which, Intikhab Alam, who is another former Pakistan Captain and part of the committee, told reporters that their decision as to who would become the bowling coach, would be revealed before the team’s tour of Sri Lanka, which starts in late May.

“It was the first meeting of the committee in which 11 candidates, including some foreigners, submitted their profiles, but the committee will take a decision on merit after examining potential of each and every candidate,” Alam said.

Alam, also revealed that out of the 11 applications that had been submitted, six were from local candidates, while the rest were filed by foreigners, however, he refused to disclose the names of the foreigners who had applied for the post.

But, Alam, also stated that the PCB had the power to appoint another candidate outside of the 11 candidates, who successfully submitted their application, to be the team’s new bowling coach.

With Pakistan recently appoint a new coach in Dav Whatmore, they will be looking to whoever they choose as the new bowling coach, to transform Pakistan back into a feared bowling attack, just like they were in the 1992 World Cup.

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