By Muhammad Asif Khan
Cricket Board on Friday confirmed former fast bowler, Muhammad Akram as the bowling
coach for the national team. Lauding the decision, former captain and
Wicket-keeper, Rashid Latif believes that the decision would have a significant
impact on the Pakistan
team as a whole. “I know him (Akram) for years. He is a hard-worker and knows
the art of man-management which is the key to modern coaching methodology”,
said Rashid Latif, while talking to this correspondent for News One TV. Pakistan
“Akram is qualified and familiar with the philosophy of modern coaching. I hope he will treat the players equally, and deal with them accordingly as well. I am sure he is capable of doing it.” added Latif.
Muhammad Akram, who is based in
England, will join the Pakistan squad in the UAE for the series against
The lanky former pace-man, Akram has played nine Tests and 23 one-day international matches for
between 1995 and 2001. He has also represented Pakistan Sussex,
Surrey, Essex and Northamptonshire on the
English county circuit.
On a question Rashid Latif was of the view that Akram’s experience should be utilised more at the academy and at the junior level. He added that the Pakistan Cricket Board should opt for a spin bowling coach as well. “Whatmore and Akram would make a good combination which will serve the team well. As far as the spin department is concerned, there is no harm in hiring a separate individual for it. In my view Saqlain Mushtaq is the fitting man for the job”, concludes Latif, who himself represented Pakistan in 37 test matches from 1992 to 2003.