The former captain of the Pakistan cricket team explained in detail why he does not want to become the coach of Pakistan’s national cricket team. After retiring from cricket in 2003, he tried his hand at commentary. After this, he also joined Kolkata Knight Riders in IPL as a bowling coach and later he was also associated with Pakistan Super League for some time. Recently, in an interview, he told why he never coached the Pakistan national team. He doesn’t have any plans for this yet.
Talking on Cricket Pakistan’s show Cricket Corner, Akram said, “When you become a coach, you need to give at least 200 to 250 days in a year to the team and it is a huge task. I don’t think I can do so much work in Pakistan away from my family. And as it is, I spend time with most of the players in the Pakistan Super League. They all have my number and they keep asking for advice.
Akram further added that the misbehavior of Pakistani fans is something that he cannot tolerate and this is the main reason for not taking the offer. I’m not stupid I keep hearing and watching on social media how people misbehave with their coaches and seniors. The coach is not going to play. Players are playing. The coach can only help with planning. So, if the team loses, I don’t think the coach is as responsible or accountable as we hold him.
Akram concluded by saying that he loves fans and supporters but cannot tolerate the abuse shown on social media. It shows what we are. I have never seen such a thing in other countries.