Former Pakistan cricketer slams PCB’s decision to appoint Mushtaq Ahmed as spin coach

Former Pakistan International Tanvir Ahmed has slammed the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB)’s decision to announce Mushtaq Ahmed, as the national team’s spin bowling coach and mentor for the upcoming England tour.

Back in October 2018, spin veteran Mushtaq Ahmed called time on his stint as spin bowling coach of Pakistan’s National Cricket Academy (NCA) in Lahore, to take up a role with the West Indies team. In December last year, the former national team bowler yet again appointed as the spin bowling consultant at the NCA and was contracted to work for 120 days in a year at the academy with the U16, U19 and other domestic bowlers.

Taking to his YouTube channel, Tanvir Ahmed expressed disappointment over PCB’s decision and questioned Mushtaq’s record as a bowling consultant at the NCA.

“I am very unhappy with Mushtaq’s appointment. On what basis, the PCB has appointed him as the spin-bowling coach? Just because he has worked with the England team and played cricket there, the board has given him the role. In that case, make me the bowling coach as well because I also took six wickets on debut in Abu Dhabi,” said Tanvir

“Mushtaq was the bowling consultant in the National Cricket Academy for a year. How many bowlers did he produce? How many bowlers did he work with? The board paid him for a year just to occupy the position in NCA. His performance was zero percent there,” he added.

On Tuesday morning, the PCB had announced the appointment of Younis Khan as batting and Mushtaq Ahmed as spin bowling coach respectively. Chief Executive Wasim Khan and head coach-cum-chief selector Misbah ul Haq believe Mushtaq’s massive experience will help the team’s emerging talent.

“Mushtaq knows the English conditions as well as anyone, having spent a lot of time playing county cricket and working with the England cricket team. Apart from guiding the spinners and playing a mentor’s role, Mushtaq can be helpful to Misbah in match planning and preparations,” Wasim said.

“Mushtaq Ahmed is loaded with the experience of helping elite cricketers from different countries and is widely regarded as a mentor. Mushtaq is always involved in the game and this attitude will further help us in our pre-series preparations and enhance our prospects in the series,” said Misbah.

Pakistan is due to tour England for 3 Tests and as many Twenty20 Internationals (T20Is), which will be played during August and September.