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Thatscricket - News - Id love to coach Lanc in future: Akram

Published: Wednesday, August 1, 2001, 18:53 [IST]
 
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Karachi: Pakistani pacer Wasim Akram on Monday said he would love to work for English county Lancashire in any capacity, but only after retirement in 2003. "I would love to work for Lancashire in any capacity but only after retiring as a player and that would most likely be after the 2003 World Cup," Akram told AFP.[an error occurred while processing this directive]Akram played between 1988 and 1998 for Lancashire, which has shown interest in hiring him as coach. "I believe that I can transfer my skills ... but at the moment I am not thinking on those lines, I still want to play," the 35-year-old former Pakistan captain said.Lancashire's coaching job is up for grabs after its Australian coach Bobby Simpson said he would not stay at Old Trafford after the current English season. The county is reportedly considering former England greats Geoff Boycott, Mike Gatting or Graham Gooch to fill the slot. "Lancashire is like my second home and I have passed the golden period of my career at Old Trafford, I love the people there and the place," said Akram. Akram bowled in a two-day trial session in Karachi this week, which is part of Pakistan's team selection for the home season. He took 3-37 in 18 overs."It's for the selectors to judge my form and fitness and I leave the decision to them," he said. "It is indeed disappointing to have to play trials after serving the country for well over 16 years but if it's a rule for all, I accept it as a challenge."Akram was included as the 17th player on Pakistan's tour of England in May-June this year. "Any player can have two or three poor series but that doesn't mean that he is over the hill," he said. "I have been saying this and I maintain that I can still deliver and can play for another two or three years."He denied that he had been told to retire by the Pakistan Cricket Board. "Nobody has said this to me directly but I know when to make my decision and rest assured I will decide when I feel that I can't deliver," he said. "I am taking my career series by series and will decide whether I play only Tests or play in One-dayers when I feel it's time to take such a decision," he said.Pakistan's four-member selection panel meets on August 26 to announce a team for their first ever Test against Bangladesh, which also opens the Asian Test championships.The Test starts in Maultan on August 29. Pakistan is also scheduled to play India in the Asian championships, pending Indian government clearance.

AFP
Copyright AFP 2001

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