Former Pakistan players’ response to coach job irks Akram

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ESPNCricinfo: Wasim Akram has criticised former Pakistan players who refused to apply for the Pakistan head coach role through the channels set up by the PCB. Akram was part of a panel appointed by the board to help shortlist candidates for a new head coach in the wake of Waqar Younis’ resignation following Pakistan’s early exit from the World T20.

The former Pakistan batsman Mohsin Khan, who briefly served as head coach in 2012, reportedly said he was not willing to be interviewed by a panel containing Akram and Ramiz Raja, his “juniors”, and that he would send his application directly to the PCB chairman Shaharyar Khan. Aaqib Javed, the former Pakistan fast bowler and ex-UAE coach, reportedly said he would not apply since he felt the panel was set on hiring a foreign coach.

While he did not mention their names, Akram seemed to allude to Mohsin and Aaqib when he made his comments to Geo News.

“What sort of attitude and mindset is this?” Akram said. “One former player said I will apply and talk directly to the chairman. When you have such a mindset how can one expect them to work well with the Pakistan team?” The job eventually went to Mickey Arthur, the former South Africa and Australia coach. Stuart Law, Andy Moles and Dean Jones were the other three names on the PCB’s shortlist. Akram said Arthur needed time to bring about a change in Pakistan’s fortunes.

“One should not expect him [Arthur] to bring about improvement immediately as our team is currently languishing at ninth position in the ODI rankings.” Akram said. “Even he will require time to turn things around.” Pakistan’s next major assignment is a tour of England in July, which will include four Tests, five ODIs and a T20I. Akram predicted a tough tour, particularly for the batsmen.