Shoaib Akhtar took 178 Test wickets and 247 ODI wickets for Pakistan © Getty Images


Apr 7, 2014


Former Pakistan tear-away pacer Shoaib Akhtar is set to embark on a coaching career after giving his nod to become head coach of State Bank for the forthcoming domestic season.


The Rawalpindi express hung up his boots after Pakistan semi-final exit to India in the ICC World Cup 2011 and since then, released his own autobiography and has been a television pundit, providing analysis during Pakistan’s matches.


In a Telegraph report, the management of State Bank were thrilled with Akhtar’s appointment, “Shoaib has agreed to become head coach of our team and we are very pleased he has shown interest in coaching a domestic team,” Zaheer-ul-Hassan, the manager of the team, said.


State Bank are been top dogs of the Pakistan’s domestic circuit and falling down the pecking order in recent years.“Contract papers were prepared after Shoaib confirmed his interest in coaching our team.” Zaheer added, speaking about the shock development with Shoaib in recent days.


Shoaib, though has always welcomed the prospect of becoming a coach someday and even offered to help the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) with the current lot of Pakistan pacers.


Now 38, Akhtar is gearing up for a full-time role and the domestic circuit could be the perfect launch pad to becoming a coach some day.


“Once the contract is approved by our board of governors, he will certainly provide an image boost to our domestic cricket,” Zaheer concluded.