Pakistan appoints new bowling coach

August 25th, 2012 - 1:55 pm ICT by IANS  

Islamabad, Aug 25 (IANS) The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) has confirmed the appointment of former fast bowler Muhammad Akram as the new bowling coach of the national team for one year.

“We have appointed Akram as our bowling coach for a period of one year after short-listing two candidates,” PCB official Intikhab Alam said Friday, reports Xinhua.

“Akram will join the squad in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) for the series against Australia that will start Aug 28,” said Alam.

Alam was part of the three-member committee that was assigned the task to search for a bowling coach.

England’s Stuart Barnes was also among the candidates but was ignored after he expressed his unavailability for the team’s upcoming series.

The 37-year-old replaced former bowling coach Aaqib Javed, who quit the post earlier this year to coach the UAE team.

Akram was a former right-arm pacer and has experience of domestic, international and county cricket. During his 15-year-long first-class career he played 125 matches and picked up 415 wickets. He also played nine Test matches and 23 One-day Internationals for Pakistan between 1995 and 2001. He also represented English clubs Northamptonshire, Essex, Sussex and Surrey.

Pakistan had already appointed Australian Dav Whatmore as head coach in March along with Julian Fountain as the fielding coach.

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