Shoaib Akhtar to be Pakistan's next bowling coach?

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Published: Friday, August 17, 2012, 15:10 [IST]
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Akhtar wants to be Pak's bowling coach

Lahore, Aug 17: Former Pakistan pacer, known as Rawalpindi Express, Shoaib Akhtar has expressed his desire to become the national cricket team's bowling coach.

Akhtar could be in for a surprise as Pakistan Cricket Board is also hunting for a bowling coach since Australia's Dav Whatmore was named the head coach of the national cricket team.

According to sources, Former Essex Pacer Ian Pont is a strong contender for the post. But with Akhtar making his point clear, will PCB offer the former pacer the job to groom fast bowlers is another question that leaves everyone pondering, given his international career filled with controversies.

Though his career was marred by controversies, Akhtar's efforts and his achievements would definitely ensure him to realize his dream some day.

"I am ready to be the bowling coach for Pakistan," Akhtar, 37, told reporters. "If the PCB contacts me then I will offer my services."

"It's an honour to serve the country and it can be done by helping the upcoming bowlers. It will give me a chance to pay back what the country has given me," said Akhtar.

Akhtar, who announced his retirement last year during the World Cup in Sri Lanka on March 17, 2011 had represented Pakistan in 46 Tests and 163 ODIs, has claimed 178 and 247 wickets respectively.

Talking about the upcoming ODI series featuring Australia and Pakistan, Akhtar said the absence of Umar Gul and Brett Lee would be felt as bowlers play a key role in the series. Moreover Australia and Pakistan will be playing the series without their mainstream pacers.

"Both Gul and Brett Lee will be missed in the series," said Akhtar. "But it will be a good series and bowlers will play a key role in the series."


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