Mushtaq Ahmed's contract with England has expired © Getty Images
Mushtaq Ahmed’s contract with England has expired © Getty Images

 

Karachi: May 11, 2014

 

The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) is all set to appoint former Test leg-spinner Mushtaq Ahmed as the spin consultant of the national team as his contract with the England team has expired.

 

Reliable sources close to the former leggie said that the England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) has already released Mushtaq as new chief coach Peter Moores along with skipper Alastair Cook is keen for a new support staff.

 

“Mushtaq has been on the ECB payrolls since 2008 but now he has been released by them and is free to take up the PCB assignment,” a source said.

 

Mushtaq incidentally was first appointed as spin bowling consultant with the England team by Moores in 2008, who has now returned as head coach.

 

Mushtaq and Pakistan’s former off-spin great, Saqlain Mushtaq have both applied for the position of spin bowling consultant and one of them is expected to be appointed this week. Saqlain had also applied for the head coach position but the board has already appointed Waqar Younis for that post.

 

Mushtaq, who has experience of playing and coaching in England, had expressed his interest in not only working with the Pakistan team but also at the National Cricket Academy.