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Legendary leg-spinner likely to be appointed as Pakistan’s spin bowling consultant

The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) recently issued an advertisement for the position of spin bowling consultant. The advertisement called for a level-three coaching certificate, along with at least five years of minimum experience with elite cricketers, national or international teams.

Former Pakistan spinner Mushtaq Ahmed is likely to take up the role of the spin bowling consultant of the Pakistan Cricket Team.

It will be an addition to Misbah ul Haq and Waqar Younis-led support staff group who recently took the charge of the side in the aftermath of the ICC World Cup 2019 in England.

Mushtaq had a splendid career with Pakistan. The leg-break googly bowler scalped 161 wickets while donning the Pakistan jersey in 144 games. He managed to showcase his forte with the red-ball too. Mushtaq picked up 185 wickets in 52 Tests for Pakistan including 10 five-wicket hauls.

Mushtaq Ahmed was regarded as one of the finest wrist-spinners in the world.

As per reports, PCB issued the advertisement keeping Mushtaq Ahmed in mind. And if reports are to be believed, head coach Misbah ul Haq has insisted to rope in the former spinner, who has worked with various international sides including England and Pakistan after bidding retirement to cricket.

Many in the know of the developments have revealed that another former cricketer Saqlain Mushtaq is also in the race for the position of the spin consultant.

Mushtaq has served as the spin bowling coach for West Indies in the ICC World Cup 2019. Photo: Getty Images

Sources have also revealed that the leg-spinner’s name for the position was recommended by Pakistan’s head coach-cum-chief selector Misbah-ul-Haq.

However, with Misbah’s backing, Mushtaq Ahmed looks like the frontrunner to take the chair. The last date for applying for the post is November 19.

Mushtaq Ahmed joined England and Wales Cricket Board in 2008 and worked with them until 2014 before joining the Pakistan Cricket Team.

In 2008, ECB had appointed him as the spin-bowling coach of England cricket team until 2014.

He has also worked with West Indies Cricket Team as an assistant and bowling coach before parting ways in 2018. Currently, the 49-year-old is working with the Deccan Gladiators in the Abu Dhabi T10 League.

Mushtaq was named as Pakistan cricket team’s bowling consultant under newly-appointed Waqar Younis from 2014 to 2016. He also donned the hat of head coach of Pakistan’s National Cricket Academy in April 2016

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