Karachi, September 10
Former Pakistan quick bowler Shoaib Akhtar on Thursday confirmed that he was in discussions with the PCB for a plum submit within the nation’s cricket set-up.
The PCB has plans to take away head coach Misbah ul Haq from the chief selector’s place and Akhtar is being thought-about for the function.
“I will not deny it. Yes, I have had some discussions with the board and I am interested in playing a major role in Pakistan cricket. But nothing is decided as yet,” Akhtar stated on Thursday throughout a YouTube present “Cricket Baaz”.
Akhtar’s identify has been doing rounds because the PCB is severely contemplating relieving head coach Misbah off his twin duty and in addition due to its new code of ethics (one other identify for battle of curiosity) coverage.
“I live a very comfortable life…I played cricket on my terms but now I have settled down. But I am ready to leave this comfort and try to put my neck on the line for the PCB…I am not afraid. Others give advice, I will give time if the opportunity arises,” stated Akhtar.
Akhtar, nevertheless, refused to reveal particulars of his discussions with PCB high bosses.
“Yes, there have been some discussions. I can reveal solely this a lot however nothing concrete as but. But talks are nonetheless on. I’ve not stated ‘yes’, neither have they (PCB) stated ‘yes’,” stated one of the vital controversial quick bowler of his time.
Akhtar additionally stated that if he accepted the chief selector’s job he would in all probability be the primary participant who would develop into “bigger than the job”. And nobody is aware of it higher than him.
“I do not like saying this however it’s a reality. Look, I do not need a job and I do not want a wage. People need jobs and so they come for salaries however I do not want the cash,” he stated.
For Akhtar the motivation is to construct a pool of world-class gamers who will serve Pakistan cricket for very long time.
“I am ready to get in the line of fire. I will do it because I want to play a role in creating a pool of players from the new generation who play with an aggressive mindset and without fear of failure.”
Akhtar stated that if he was entrusted with the job, he would wish to create match winners like Wasim Akram and Javed Miandad.
“We want to start out having gamers who’ve similar mindset that our greats like Javed Miandad, Wasim Akram or Mushtaq Muhammad had,” stated Akhtar.
“The fast bowlers should not have muscular gym-toned bodies but ones that are cricket specific. I want to have 15 players who are brands and stars and this can only be possible if they feel secure and can win matches with their performances.”
He stated the principle drawback with the current Pakistan group was that it was terrified of dropping and gamers have been insecure.
“This mindset has to be changed. I believe that if had been with the team there was no way we would have lost the first Test to England after reducing them to 117 for five…aggression is necessary in top cricket.”
“I have always believed in making tough decisions and people will back you,” he stated.
The ‘Rawalpindi Express’ additionally referred to as on Misbah to deal with leaving a legacy in Pakistan cricket as an alternative of worrying in regards to the outcomes on a regular basis.
“Everyone’s career has to end sometime. As a coach, he has to change his mindset. Play another two or three Haider Alis,” Akhtar identified.
Asked about criticism towards him that he’s all the time nitpicking loopholes within the Pakistan group and praising the Indian gamers, Akhtar gave a sound reply.
“Tell me what I’m speculated to say. Virat Kohli isn’t just a high batsman however has round 70 plus worldwide centuries. He as captain has constructed a formidable tempo unit and they’re successful matches for India. So how can I criticise him for something, inform me?”
He stated equally Indian cricket was transferring forward due to their planning and aggressive mindset of gamers.
“Take for instance Jasprit Bumrah. He has improved a lot, what do I say about his performances?” PTI