Akram was one of the most feared bowlers in the history of the game
Legendary Pakistan left-arm pace bowler Wasim Akram has been offered to coach young fast bowlers by the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) on a short-term basis.
Akram has neither accepted nor refused the offer yet, as he handed in his packed schedule to the PCB and stated that they would need to find a way to work around it.
“I am willing to coach because I would like to work with youngsters and train them, I have always said that I am available to work with young bowlers in Pakistan, but due to my busy schedule I can’t do this full time. But whenever I am in Pakistan, I am available to coach and groom the youngsters. There is no dearth of talent in Pakistan, it only has to be scouted and groomed properly,” Akram said.
The PCB are also currently looking for a bowling coach, and have contacted Akram about the availability of the position, but as of right now, nothing has been finalised yet.
“PCB is always very keen to utilise his services and this is a positive gesture by him, the Board has established a contact with him but nothing has been worked out due to his availability. Though he has assured to find a window from his busy schedule in near future,” a PCB spokesman said.
Akram is currently commentating on the action of the Under-19 Cricket World Cup in Australia, and will later be in South Africa for the Champions League Twenty20 as the bowling coach for his Indian Premier League (IPL) team, the Kolkata Knight Riders, who won the IPL tournament this year.
“We will have to sit and chalk out training schedules corresponding with his availability ensuring there is no clash with his routine,” the PCB spokesman added.
Akram has refused offers from the PCB to coach in the past, but offered his services as a part-time coach.
The former left-arm pacer last worked with Pakistan bowlers back in 2007, where he organised a coaching camp at the National Cricket Academy.