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Akram offers to coach Pakistan on his own terms

Published: Thursday, October 27, 2005, 23:53 [IST]
 
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Lahore:After having stints as a commentator and sports news anchor, former Pakistan bowling great Wasim Akram now harbours desire to coach Pakistani team, but on his own terms.

On a visit to the National Cricket Academy, Akram told scribes that he had received a letter from the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) regarding the hiring of coaches.

However, the board had put up a level three or four qualification as the condition for the candidature, he said.

"I want to coach the Pakistan team, but this is not the way. I have a lifetime of experience and don't expect me to wait outside the PCB holding a letter in my hands seeking a coaching job. With my experience I don't think I require any course level (in coaching)," the former skipper maintained.

"My qualification is that I've played more than a hundred Test matches and over 350 ODIs all those years. I think I've learnt what they are teaching in the courses," he said. He also said he had to examine the terms of his agreement with ESPN-Star Sports before taking any such assignment.

Meanwhile, as a precursor, the left-hander advised Shoaib Akhtar to curtail his run up so as to avoid injury. He even spoke up for Akhtar.

On the homeside's chances against England in the forthcoming series, Akram said the team had to be physically and mentally fit to take on the Ashes winner. He, however, demanded an apology from the English media, recalling an old reverse swing controvery.

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