PCB wants Wasim Akram to coach emerging players

Wasim Akram

The Pakistan cricket Board wants former Test captain and fast bowling legend, Wasim Akram to spare time to coach at a camp for emerging players to be set up at Gaddafi stadium from June 20th.

Intikhab Alam, the former Test captain who heads the PCB national academy affairs told reporters today that Wasim would be invited to coach at the camp which will feature the country's best emerging talent.

"I hope Wasim can spare some time out of his schedule and give some time for the camp because the players can learn from his experience and skills," Intkhab said.

Wasim has twice held short camps for fast bowlers for the board in the past but by and large both have had differences over Wasim's role in Pakistan cricket affairs.

While the board has insisted that Wasim's busy schedule as a commentator, host and consultant in the IPL has prevented them from utilising his services fully, Wasim has time and again complained he would love to work with Pakistani players provided the board invites him properly.

Intikhab said the camp was being set up primarily to shortlist the best talent among the emerging players and give them the opportunity of training with some of the former top players and coaches of the country.

Wasim is said to have played a more influential role this year in the IPL in his job as bowling consultant and mentor for the Kolkata Knight Riders which went on to win the IPL title for the first time.

Intikhab also said that he had submitted his report on his visits to Malaysia and UAE which were possible neutral venues to host Pakistan's one-day series against Australia in August.

Intikhab, who was sent by the board to inspect the ground conditions and weather situation, said he expected a final decision on the venues to host the Australia series in two to three days.

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