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Former Pakistan spinner Mushtaq Ahmed has revealed that Shadab Khan was initially a batsman, while Yasir Shah did not know how to bowl around the wicket.
Mushtaq revealed that during his tenure as head coach of the National Cricket Academy, he transformed Shadab into a dangerous spinner and worked with Yasir on becoming a threat around the wicket.
“Shadab was a batsman when he first emerged on the scene and even attended his first camp here in that role,” Mushtaq told the Daily Express as quoted by The Express Tribune. “Yasir didn’t know how to bowl around the wicket. I taught him how to do so.”
Mushtaq also said that he doesn’t get enough credit for his work since he doesn’t actively seek the spotlight.
“I am not given enough credit since it is not in my nature to come on media and promote myself and toot my own horn, even though I had a successful tenure as Pakistan’s spin-bowling coach,” he said.
The 47-year-old’s contract as head coach of the National Cricket Academy will expire at the end of the month, but he is not concerned as he has several offers on the table.
Despite this, he has not ruled out the possibility of signing a new deal with the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) if they want him to continue with his current role.
“I have not been in touch with anyone but my agent has been,” he said. “I am not worried about the future since I have several offers on the table already.
“My agent has been in touch with the Sri Lankan board for a role there. However, if I am contacted by the relevant authorities regarding an extension, I will consider that as well; I can’t rule it out or even confirm it right now since I need to first assess all the options that I have.”