After the Indian former skipper, Rahul Dravid taking the role of Under-19 coach, quite a few countries have roped in quality International players with decent coaching experience to get the better off the young lads. Now, it is Pakistan’s Saqlain Mushtaq, who applied head coach role for Pakistan Under-19 team.
The 42-year-old, who took 496 wickets in 49 Tests and 169 One-day Internationals, has responded to an advertisement by PCB, who have sought applications for the post of head coach of the national junior team, which is preparing for next year’s World Cup.
In his long and illustrious career, the spin legend scalped 496 wickets in 49 Tests and 169 ODIs. The 42-year-old applied for the position after the PCB put out an advertisement, seeking applications for the position of the head coach for the U-19 team ahead of next year’s World Cup.
I feel I can contribute well to Pakistan – Saqlain Mushtaq
Ever since Ehsan Mani took charge as the head of PCB, the board has made it a point that it wants a high-profile candidate to work with the junior team, on the lines of BCCI’s decision to appoint former captain Rahul Dravid as the coach of its national under-19 and A teams.
“I have applied and my interview is next week. I just feel that I can contribute a lot to Pakistan cricket,” Saqlain said. And also, I have acquired a lot of coaching experience working around the world. But I have worked a lot with young players at Somerset and Middlesex counties and with different academies all over the world,” he said.
Meanwhile, the off-spinner, who is an ECB Level-3 coach, has already worked with the New Zealand, Australian, West Indies and Bangladesh national senior teams as their spin consultant or coach.
The PCB is also expected to invite applications for its senior team coaching positions after the Eid holidays. The Board did not renew the contracts of head coach Mickey Arthur and support staff after Pakistan failed to make the knockout stage of the ODI World Cup.