New Delhi. Legendary Pakistani fast bowler and former captain Wasim Akram recently talked about not taking up the post of the coveted head coach of the Pakistan national cricket team after retiring from international cricket. One of the greatest fast bowlers in the history of the ‘gentlemen’s game’, former Pakistan captain Wasim Akram was known for his ability to swing the ball both ways throughout his distinguished playing career. Akram played a key role in Pakistan’s first World Cup victory in the 1992 World Cup tournament. Known as the ‘Sultan of Swing’, the Pakistani speed merchant also captained the Green Army, which made it to the final of the 1999 World Cup.
Wasim Akram has enjoyed coaching with the Indian Premier League (IPL) and Pakistan Super League (PSL) franchises over the years. However, the fast bowling legend has never expressed his desire to take up the position of the head coach of the Pakistan men’s national cricket team. Speaking on Cricket Pakistan’s show ‘Cricket Corner’, Wasim Akram told why he would not be able to play the role of coaching in Pakistan. He said in the interview, “When you become a coach, you need to give at least 200 to 250 days to the team in a year and it is a lot of work. I don’t think I can handle so much work outside Pakistan away from my family. And anyway I spend time with most of the players in PSL, they all have my number and they keep asking for advice.
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Recently, the Rameez Raja-led Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) has appointed Australian great opener Matthew Hayden and former South African pacer Vernon Philander as the coaches of the Babar Azam-led Pakistan team for the ICC World T20. did. Hayden and Philander were appointed after head coach Misbah-ul-Haq and bowling coach Waqar Younis surprisingly stepped down from their respective roles ahead of the start of the World Cup.
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Wasim Akram said, “I am not an idiot. I keep hearing and watching on social media how people misbehave with their coaches and seniors. The coach is not the one who is playing. There are players who are playing. The coach can only help in planning. So, if the team loses, I don’t think the coach is as responsible or accountable as we hold him as a nation.”