Saqlain Mushtaq has previously worked with England, New Zealand, and West Indies as a spin bowling coach in the past    Getty Images
Saqlain Mushtaq has previously worked with England, New Zealand, and West Indies as a spin bowling coach in the past Getty Images

Karachi: The England Cricket Board (ECB) has hired former Pakistan off-spinner Saqlain Mushtaq as a spin consultant for a period of two years. “ECB has hired my services for 2 years and I have to work 100 days a year with them. My main duty will be with the England Cricket Team but I will also work with young and rising spinners in English cricket,” Saqlain told Dawn. Saqlain has previously worked with England, New Zealand, and West Indies as a spin bowling coach in the past. The inventor of the ‘doosra’, is optimistic that England’s spin department will perform better under his guidance. Watch Virat Kohli being praised by Pakistan greats Wasim Akram, Saqlain Mushtaq and Shoaib Akhtar

“Both Adil Rashid and Moeen Ali are very talented and are already making a mark in International Cricket. They performed well in England’s tour of India and I am hopeful that I will be able to guide them to more success,” he said. When asked about him working for the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB), Saqlain revealed that the PCB had approached him just one, however, there was no follow up. “If people ask why Saqlain has not worked with the PCB yet, then they should redirect their questions to the PCB.”

Earlier, Saqlain had confirmed that he had signed a contract to assist English spinners, Moeen Ali and Adil Rashid, during the three-match ODI series against India. Saqlain, who was hired by the England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) to help the English spinners for the tour of India, reported PTI.