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KARACHI: Pakistan’s former captain and all-rounder Wasim Akram has offered his services to train and groom young pacers in the country if the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) is willing to utilise his services.

“I have always said that I am available to work with the young bowlers in Pakistan but due to my busy schedule I can’t do this full time. But whenever I am in Pakistan I am available to coach and groom the youngsters,” he said at a function held in Karachi on Sunday.

The PCB recently said it wanted Wasim to work as a bowling consultant with them and the former fast bowler also said that Pakistan had a bright future in the pace department as there was lot of talent available in the country.

“There is no dearth of talent in Pakistan, it only has to be scouted and groomed properly. And I am willing to do that because I would like to work with youngsters and train them.”

Wasim, who has worked as bowling consultant with the Kolkata Knight Riders in the last IPL edition, also felt that the present crop of Pakistani pacers needed to define a clear role for themselves in the national team.

“I don’t think Umar Gul is a spent force. He is a quality bowler. His main problem is that he is unable to define a role for himself in the team.

He is unable to adjust his bowling according to the different formats of the game.

“He is bowling the same in Tests and the same in Twenty20 and that is hurting his performance,” Wasim said.

Stating that Test cricket was the ultimate test for a bowler, Wasim said: “The bowlers will have to realise that Test cricket is still the ultimate test for any bowler. Unless you are successful in this format you can’t be really be regarded as world-class.”

Wasim said that with the rapid popularity of T20 cricket and the expansion of foreign leagues and international matches, the bowlers now needed to work harder to perform in every format.

“Nowadays cricket is very different from what it was in my days. Today there is so much professionalism and top class facilities for the players.”

Meanwhile, the former great also welcomed the resumption of Indo-Pak bilateral cricket ties. “I frequently go to India and I know for a fact that the Indian people are as keen as we are for the bilateral series to resume as soon as possible. So it is a good thing that India has invited us to play in India this year.”—Agencies

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Aug 12, 2012 10:11am
May be you have not seen what had happened to pervious professional coaches :) please don't expect too much, and consider yourself, what you will do if you were in their place and you get same kind of respect and money from abroad but not from your own country will you be working abroad or in your own country
Aug 07, 2012 10:53am
Grooming is the right word, which is missing since some years now what Pakistani sports is considered. Best example is the hockey team of Pakistan.
Aug 07, 2012 10:15am
Wasim, The legendary fast bowler, is the pride of Pakistan. His experience and skills be fully utilized by PCB to develop and hone young fast bowlers in Pakistan.
Aug 07, 2012 01:27pm
Same on Pakistani's who comment about Wasim, he was the only differntiating factor between India and Pakistan in earlier days, he used to take major wickets and because of his presure ordinary Pakistani players would look gr8. Please respect him.. He is best left armer in the world and still no one is near him.
Aug 07, 2012 09:31am
Wasim has disappointed Pakistanis the most due to his empty promises and selfish attitude! Another example of how people take everything from their country and have nothing to give back!! Pakistanis cricket fans can not afford him due to his Indian celebrity status. I have no doubt he will have similar result as Adnan Sami. Its only when he needs his country he will come back to his roots. I doubt otherwise. People are born to be selfish, thats just human nature. I hope Pakistani fans remember his days of selfishness and never forgive him!
Aug 07, 2012 12:14pm
rehne dain waeem bhai, hum pakistaniyou ko apne haal pe
Aug 07, 2012 02:45pm
How soon we forget the man's contribution to Pakistan cricket. So he spends a good bit of time in India .... ever think its because they appreciate him more?
Aug 07, 2012 04:32pm
u r RIGHT!
Aug 07, 2012 04:47pm
With all due respect to his legend status, the team and future players to-be-groomed need someone and a program that works consistently to polish and nurture the talent not someone who is (as generous and devoting the offer seems) not able to afford the time that needs to be put in this process.
Aug 07, 2012 04:55pm
In addition to my previous comment, at the risk of souding like a pompous know-it-all, I'd like to add, the key ingredient missing is the management skill at all levels. A culture of hard work, accountability and a proper understanding for the rules and regards of the game is what need to be put in place. Obviously there is no dearth of talent as we have seen.
Aug 07, 2012 06:50pm
@HarM - You cannot blame him for not engaging on a professional role with PCB. Have you seen what the board did to several former cricketers? Maindad, Qadir, Iqbal, Sohail and many more. The PCB had never appreciated services of a legend and had often mistreated them. I, in fact, consider Akram very smart to not engage with PCB. Now on the matter of giving back to country, he has always contributed at the grass root level by giving coaching sessions. Check your facts before commenting on someone's commitment for his/her country !
Aug 07, 2012 09:01pm
Is it selfish to want a professional working environment and setup? Why are the Indians and Australians able to get Wasim and Waqar's services? Why can't the Pakistani board pay them as much as it pays foreign coaches? Why is it that we only want others to do what we never do for the country or for those who are our heroes?
Aug 07, 2012 09:01pm
after giving tips to indian bowlers which ended up making their careers, he finally he woke up !!! I still don't believe him, he is a selfish of selfishs !!!
Deshbir Sandhu
Aug 07, 2012 09:45pm
He is busy in making money abroad.What he will get in all this.After one year he will sack like Javed and other coaches.
Aug 07, 2012 10:39pm
A great fast bowler he might have been, there is no denying he was just as much corrupt
Akhri Bar
Aug 07, 2012 10:40pm
Lame. Did PCB ever respect their Legends? Do you know why Waqar left? Not because of health issues, but because of PCB
Aug 08, 2012 01:31am
People like Waseem Akram should play their role in developing Pakistani talent. At present the set-up is very unprofessional and the administrators are not competent enough to deliver, therefore, known professionals like Waseem, Waqar, Rameez and others have to play their role in their personal capacity rather than waiting for official invitation, which is not forthcoming due to incompetent cricket management.
Aug 08, 2012 02:13am
Please respect his contributions. He is successful and happy doing what he is doing. He has given his all to Pakistan cricket when he was playing and also afterwards. I am an Indian. I have nothing but respect for such masters. Such people are the real ambassadors of Pakistan in the rest of the world, including India. Please respect his contributions. I'm sure he will always give to Pakistan when the opportunities arise.
Aug 08, 2012 03:17am
Wasim is selfish and was a corrupt person during his career alleged of match fixing and playing dirty politics. Now he wants a piece of cake when he comes to Pakistan just for a holiday. Instead, bring back Waqar..if he does not agree then try Shoaib Akhtar who is an outspoken and genuine patriot.
Aug 08, 2012 05:31am
Wasim only goes where the money is, he is not sincere.
Amir Marfani
Aug 08, 2012 06:48am
Those who are saying Wasim as Indian celebrity or he is selfish etc - we need to think and recall PCBs behavior towards all our heros in past. PCB has never valued our heros instead they have insulted and fired many on several occasions. Javaid Miandad, Waqar Younus recent examples. PCB has humiliated them on several occasions. Mushtaq Ahmed has been working with England team but PCB never wanted him to work with our local young spinners. Wasim only tend to avoid this by opting out of full time work with PCB. So think twice before you write.
Aug 09, 2012 01:13am
Its about time PCB involved the greats of the yester years to train the youth. Wasim is the man for Pace.