DateLine: 19th August 2012
Former Pakistan, Surrey, Sussex, Northamptonshire, Essex and Allied Bank pace bowler Mohammad Akram has been appointed the Pakistan bowling coach by the Pakistan Cricket Board.
Rawalpindi born Akram played 32 matches for Pakistan between September 1995 and March 2001 and was generally regarded as one of Pakistan's fastest bowlers. The 37 year old took 36 wickets in those 32 international matches including a Test best 5 for 138. A wholehearted performer, his international chances were limited largely due to the world class talents of Wasim Akram and Waqar Younis who were automatic selections throughout their career.
In addition to his international experience, Akram has experience of Pakistan domestic cricket as well as county cricket with a number of high profile county teams in England. Akram has 415 wickets in 125 first class matches as well as 148 wickets in 129 List A matches.
Akram who has recently been coaching in the United Kingdom, was backed for the role by the likes of Rashid Latif and Azhar Mahmood both of whom felt that he was the right man for the job given his experience of Pakistan cricket, his experience of English County cricket and his ability to interact with the current group of international players and upcoming cricketers in Pakistan.
Speaking with PakPassion.net a source close to the Pakistan Cricket Board stated "After much debate and discussions the PCB has chosen Mohammad Akram as the Pakistan bowling coach. The PCB chose Akram as he has a good rapport with the current group of Pakistani cricketers, they know him and he has experience of Pakistan domestic cricket and also a lot of experience in County cricket."
The source added "Akram will not just work with the current group of international bowlers, he will also be expected to work with the upcoming bowlers at the National Cricket Academy as well as at grass roots levels with a particular emphasis on grooming and preparing the next generation of fast bowlers for Pakistan."
Akram was backed for the role by a number of former Pakistani first class cricketers including Rashid Latif and Azhar Mahmood and is expected to commence the role as early as next month.
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