Saqlain will work as spin consultant with England’s spinners
Saqlain Mushtaq, former Pakistan’s off- spinner will come to India with England cricket team as a spin consultant for the five-match Test series which will start from November 9. Right now, England is playing Test series in Bangladesh. But, Saqlain is not there with England.
Danny Reuben, head of team communications of ECB confirmed the news. “He is not with the England team in Bangladesh. Saqlain is due to be with us for preparation period and for the first Test match. He will also be there for preparations and for the first ODI in India. The plan is for the first Test and ODI only,” said Danny.
The 39-year-old spinner had experience working with England spinners Moeen Ali and Adil Rashid during Pakistan’s tour of England earlier this year. Ali, who took two wickets on day two of the first Test against Bangladesh, had expressed his delight in working with the legendary Pakistan offie in July. He had tweeted: “Loved having Saqlain Mushtaq to work with this week. Great coach and a great guy.”
Even England head coach Trevor Bayliss, a couple of months ago, told that they may well look into Saqlain again to help his spinners. “We’ll probably look at something else further down the line as well. Both Mo (Ali) and Rash (Adil Rashid), who was here in the lead-up to the Test, both enjoyed working with him very much. By the sound of it, it was very positive and we’ll look to use him again,” he told.
“It wasn’t necessarily a lot technically, it was more tactical. That’s where we think both Rash and Mo need to make improvements, to go ahead in the international game,” he said.
England will play their first Test against India at Rajkot from Nov 9 and they begin the three-match ODI series in Pune from Jan 15. It was England who last defeated India in their own backyard, registering a 2-1 win in 2012-2013.
Saqlain is a pioneer in bowling the doosra, has previously worked as a spin consultant with New Zealand, West Indies, and Bangladesh.
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