The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) is reportedly exploring the possibility of bringing in former fast bowler Shoaib Akhtar as a bowling consultant for the national team. According to sources, the PCB is considering giving Akhtar a key role in the near future. It is said that Akhtar has already been approached and has expressed an interest in working to enhance the performance of the players.
Akhtar is expected to meet with the Chairman of the PCB Management Committee, Najam Sethi, in Lahore where the role will be discussed further. Additionally, sources indicate that Akhtar is also interested in contributing to the improvement of policies within the board.
Since retiring from cricket, Akhtar has been vocal about the need for improvements within the Pakistani team. He retired from international cricket after the 2011 World Cup. Throughout his career, Akhtar was known as the “Rawalpindi Express” and was considered one of the fastest bowlers of his time, despite his unconventional action.
Akhtar’s long run-up and unique celebration after every dismissal made him a crowd favorite, but his temperament often caused issues for the team management. He was involved in several controversies throughout his career, including ball-tampering allegations, disciplinary issues, hitting a teammate with a bat, doping accusations, and injuries, which hampered his ability to fully focus on his game.
Akhtar played 46 Test matches, claiming 178 wickets, but struggled with the longer format of the game. He was more successful in the shorter formats, playing in 163 one-day internationals and taking 247 wickets.
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