KARACHI: The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) is likely to rope in former Test player Mushtaq Ahmed, who has been involved with the England cricket team for the past couple of years as their spin-bowling coach for a key post in the National Cricket Academy (NCA).
The PCB is undergoing a reshuffle where redundant staff has been shown the door while fresh faces, who are considered capable of making a genuine difference in Pakistan cricket, are being welcomed.
The Express Tribune has learnt that the former leg-spinner also held a meeting with top officials of the PCB on Friday at the Gaddafi Stadium in Lahore to discuss the nature of his proposed job.
Ahmed has not only worked closely with the England team but has also been involved in their high-performance centre programmes, helping both seniors and youngsters to produce better results.
“Mushtaq is likely to get a top post in the NCA as the PCB has been keen on bringing him in their new setup for over a month now,” said an official with knowledge of the matter.
“He was a top quality bowler during his playing days and now he has excelled as a spin-bowling coach with England. Mushtaq is a coach of a proven pedigree at the highest level so his coup would be a big boost for the NCA and Pakistan.”
Many people believe that the board has failed to use the NCA to their maximum advantage despite a top-class facility available to them. But the current PCB chairman, Najam Sethi, is eager to hire the best coaches and support staff at all levels to raise the standards of Pakistan cricket.
“Early indications clearly show that Sethi is going out for quality, not for quantity. He has already roped in Rashid Latif as chief selector, welcomed Waqar Younis for discussions and is now going after Mushtaq to work as bowling consultant in NCA.”
Published in The Express Tribune, April 5th, 2014.
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