Former Pakistan quick bowler Shoaib Akhtar on Thursday confirmed that he’s in discussions with PCB for a plum submit in nation’s cricket set-up which is believed to be chairman of selector’s submit changing Misbah ul Haq. The PCB has plans to eliminated head coach Misbah ul Haq from the chief selector’s place and Akhtar is being thought of for the function. “I can’t deny it. Sure, I’ve had some discussions with the board and I’m serious about enjoying a significant function in Pakistan cricket. However nothing is determined as but,” Akhtar mentioned on on Thursday throughout a YouTube present “Cricket Baaz”.
Akhtar’s identify has been doing rounds because the board is severely contemplating relieving head coach, Misbah off his twin duty and likewise due to its new code of ethics (one other identify of Battle of Curiosity) coverage.
“I reside a really snug life…I performed cricket on my phrases however now I’ve settled down. However I’m prepared to depart this consolation and attempt to put my neck on the road for the PCB..I’m not afraid others give recommendation. I’ll give time if the chance arises,” Akhtar mentioned.
Akhtar nevertheless refused to reveal particulars of his discussions with PCB high bosses.
“Sure there was some discussions. I can reveal solely this a lot however nothing concrete as but. However talks are nonetheless on. I’ve not mentioned “sure” neither have they (PCB) mentioned “sure”,” probably the most controversial quick bowler of his time mentioned.
Akhtar additionally mentioned that if he accepted the chief selector’s job he would most likely be the primary participant who would grow to be “larger than the job”.
And nobody is aware of it higher than him. “I do not like saying this however it’s a truth. Look I do not need a job and I do not want a wage. Folks need jobs they usually come for salaries however I do not want the cash.”
For Akhtar the motivation is to construct a pool of world class gamers who will serve Pakistan cricket for very long time.
“I’m able to get within the line of fireplace. I’ll do it as a result of I wish to play a job in making a pool of gamers from the brand new technology who play with an aggressive mindset and with out worry of failure.”
Akhtar mentioned that if he’s entrusted with the job, he desires to create match winners like Wasim Akram and Javed Miandad, who would grow to be manufacturers on their very own.
“We have to begin having gamers who’ve identical mindset that our greats like Javed Miandad, Wasim Akram or Mushtaq Muhammad had.”
“The quick bowlers shouldn’t have muscular gym-toned our bodies however ones which can be cricket particular. I wish to have 15 gamers who’re manufacturers and stars and this will solely be doable in the event that they really feel safe and may win matches with their performances.”
He mentioned the primary drawback with the current Pakistan crew was that it was fearful of dropping and gamers have been insecure.
“This mindset needed to be modified. I consider that If had been with the crew there was no means we’d have misplaced the primary check to England after decreasing them to high 117 for 5…aggression is important in high cricket.”
“I’ve at all times believed in making powerful choices and folks will again you.”
He additionally referred to as on Misbah to give attention to leaving a legacy in Pakistan cricket as an alternative of worrying in regards to the outcomes on a regular basis.
“Everybody’s profession has to finish someday. As a coach, he has to alter his mindset. Play one other two to 3 Haider Alis.”
Requested about criticism in opposition to him that he’s at all times nitpicking loopholes within the Pakistan crew and praising the Indian gamers, Akhtar gave a sound reply.
“Inform me what I’m presupposed 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 profitable matches for India. So how can I criticise him for something inform me?”
He mentioned 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?”
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