Pakistan legend Wasim Akram is in line to coach Sri Lankan bowlers for a short period. As per a report in Ceylon Today, Akram and Sri Lankan Cricket Board will soon start the discussions for the position. If everything goes well, Akram could very well coach Sri Lankan bowlers.
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Although he hasn’t coached any international team in a full-time captaincy, Akram had a similar role with Pakistan for a while. Mohammed Amir remains to be one of his biggest finds.
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Akram was Kolkata Knight Riders’ bowling coach for a long time before leaving the position ahead of IPL 2017. In Pakistan Super League, he has coached Islamabad United, Multan Sultans and is currently associated with Karachi Kings.
Akram is busy with media commitments, which could be the reason behind him not taking up a full-time position for now. It is to be noted that the Sri Lankan team is currently in Pakistan, where the SL board official might have offered the role to Akram.
The retirement of Lasith Malinga from ODIs has left a hole in Sri Lankan bowling attack and they are yet to find a leader in the absence of their T20I captain. It remains to be seen if Akram accepts the role.
Apart from Akram, the Sri Lankan board is also looking get the services of Julian Wood. The Hampshire-born coach is known to have developed a power-hitting system through which he trains batsmen to hit sixes effectively.
With two T20 World Cups lined up in the next two years, Sri Lanka would be happy to get his services as soon as possible. SL is expected to make an official announcement regarding the appointments, if that happens, only after the completion of the Pakistan tour.
They are currently in Pakistan for three-match ODI and T20I series. The visitors lost the ODI series 0-2. The first T20I will be played today in Lahore. The next T20Is will be played on October 7 and 9 at the same venue, respectively.