Akram ready to coach any aspiring cricketer
Published: Tuesday, December 2, 2003, 23:53 [IST]
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Akram told not to accept coaching offer
Lahore: Former Pakistani captain and fast bowling great Wasim Akram, who retired from international cricket in May, hinted at dreams of coaching not only his young compatriots but aspiring cricketers from other countries. "I would be honoured to coach youngsters in my country because it would be one of the ways to serve my country which gave me name and fame," Wasim, 37, said on Tuesday. "But any youngster coming to me for help irrespective of nationality would get my advice." For the moment he said he was enjoying his new role as commentator.Wasim retired as the leading One-day wicket taker with 502, plus a Test wicket tally of 414. Indian captain Sourav Ganguly has expressed hope that Wasim could advise his bowlers while in Australia as television commentator for the Indian tour. Wasim said he has received no formal coaching invitation from India. "Even if my name was mentioned it was an honour for me, my country and I am thankful to Ganguly for his nice remarks," he said. Wasim, due to join the commentary team in Australia next week, said he would give advice if it was sought. "If anyone seeks my advice I am duty-bound to help him. Indian bowlers Ashish Nehra and Zaheer Khan used to call me and take advice, there is nothing wrong with that because when I was young I took advice from Kapil Dev and West Indian late Malcolm Marshall." A civil court in Pakistan's eastern city Lahore has been asked to take action to prevent Wasim coaching Indian players. Wasim said he would sue the private individual who filed the petition. "I am amazed at the narrow mindedness of the people, they make mountains out of a molehill and I am going to sue them instead," he vowed. Wasim is also facing a court case for appearing in a liquor advertisement in India two years ago.