I am the most qualified cricket coach in Pakistan, claims Saqlain Mushtaq

I am the most qualified cricket coach in Pakistan, claims Saqlain Mushtaq

I shouldn't need to do such things to get a job in Pakistan cricket: Mushtaq

Saqlain Mushtaq, Moeen Ali
Saqlain Mushtaq and Moeen Ali during the nets. (Photo by Simon Cooper/PA Images via Getty Images)

Pakistan’s spin maestro Saqlain Mushtaq feels that the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) does not find him capable enough to coach the national team. He also revealed some harsh realities about the current system of the board and other departments. The legendary spinner who is currently working as a spin bowling consultant with the England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) claims that only recommendations and political connections can help him get the job.

Presently, Mickey Arthur is the head coach of the Pakistan team which won the ICC Champions Trophy 2017 in England. Saqlain stated that he feels disheartened and revealed that his qualifications are more than enough to get him the post. He further talked about his desires to work with the Pakistan bowlers and contribute well to his country.

“I just don’t know how to work in a system, where ‘Sifarish’ (recommendation) and political connections get you a job. I can’t do these things. My qualification, experience and cricketing background are there for everyone to see. I don’t feel disappointed at not being given a job by the Pakistan board. I feel disheartened at the way the system works and what you need to do to get a job,” claimed Saqlain Mushtaq according to Express.

Don’t need recommendations for attaining a coaching job with PCB, says Mushtaq

He further stated that his achievements are more than enough and also feels that he is the most qualified coach in Pakistan. “I have worked with the Australian Cricket Centre of Excellence. I have been hired as a spin consultant by the New Zealand, Bangladesh and West Indies cricket boards. I am a Level-3 coach in England. I shouldn’t need to do such things to get a job in Pakistan cricket. I would like to just apply for a post and submit my CV which speaks for itself. I am the most qualified coach in Pakistan,” added England’s spin consultant.

Saqlain also praised young talented leggie Yasir Shah for his incredible performance in the past few months and cited out that hard work is the key to it. “Yasir’s performance speaks for itself but I still feel he needs to work and improve in some areas. He needs to master the leg-spin. He is a hard-working person and he is dedicated and passionate. He just needs a little guidance. I would love to work with the Pakistan spinners and produce some good bowlers,” concluded Saqlain.