Wasim Akram exposes why he never wanted to coach the Pakistan cricket team
Former Pakistan Legendary fast-bowler, Wasim Akram has explained why he doesn’t want to coach the Pakistan cricket team and added that the misbehavior from fans is also one of the main reasons.
Akram was part of the 1992’s World Cup squad and also lead the Pakistan squad as a captain in the 1999 World Cup where the Pakistan team had played the final.
He has coached in franchise T20 leagues and was also part of support staff in the Indian Premier League (IPL) franchise Kolkata Knight Riders.
He has been involved in the Pakistan Super League (PSL) franchises in recent years.
In an interview on the show ‘Cricket Corner’ on Cricket Pakistan, Akram was questioned why he has never coached the national team, to which Akram said that he can’t manage the workload as a proper national team coach.
“When you become the coach, you need to give at least 200 to 250 days a year to the team and that’s a lot of work. I don’t think I can manage so much work away from Pakistan, from my family. And as it is, I spend time with most of the players in the PSL, they all have my number and they keep asking for advice,”Akram said in the interview to Cricket Pakistan.
He also highlighted that the misbehavior from the fans is also the main reason behind him for avoiding coaching the national team.
“I am not a fool. I keep on hearing and seeing on social media how people misbehave with their coaches and seniors. The coach isn’t the one playing. The players are the ones playing. The coach can only help with the planning. So, if the team loses, I don’t think the coach is as responsible or accountable as we hold him as a nation.”
“So, I’m afraid of that as well, because I can’t tolerate anyone misbehaving with me. And we are becoming like that. I love the people, their enthusiasm and passion for the game, but not the misbehavior that is shown on social media. It shows what we are. I have never seen this happen in other countries.”Akram added.
In the last month, Misbah-Ul-Haq and Waqar Younis stepped down from their responsibility as Head Coach and Bowling Coach of the Pakistan national cricket team.
Former Test spinner, Saqlain Mushtaq and all-rounder, Abdul Razzaq are the interim coaches to manage the team for the upcoming ICC Men’s T20 World Cup.
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