London: As instructed by the ICC, the England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) may have to keep a close watch on its spin bowling coach Mushtaq Ahmed and the former Pakistani leg-spinner could be under strict surveillance with even his phone calls under the Board's vigilance.
If a report in the Daily Telegraph is to be believed, the game's governing body demanded the ECB to install monitoring procedures for Mushtaq, who had been implicated in Pakistan's Qayyum report into match-fixing and was found to have links with illegal bookmakers, to which the Board has agreed.
''Monitoring procedures for England's new spin bowling coach Mushtaq Ahmed have been agreed after discussions in Chennai between the England and Wales Cricket Board and the International Cricket Council,'' the daily said.
The 38-year-old Mushtaq was due to start last month as England's spin-bowling consultant for 100 days a year but the ICC objected to his appointment.
The ECB maintained that the main reason for the delay in Mushtaq starting his job - he had been due to coach England's High Performance squad in India last month - was that he had not obtained a work permit.
''On Saturday the ICC's chief executive Haroon Lorgat and the managing director of English cricket Hugh Morris, verbally agreed on the monitoring procedures for Mushtaq, which can be expected to include extra surveillance of his mobile phone calls,'' the report added.