Former Pakistan spin-bowler Saqlain Mushtaq was one of the renowned spinners produced in the country but also one of the best in the world during his playing days. According to a reliable source in the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB), he will take over as the high-performance coach for international players as they plan on rejuvenating the High-Performance Centre.
The retired off-spinner has enjoyed coaching stints with England, New Zealand, and West Indies previously as their spin-bowling consultant. In 2019, Saqlain Mushtaq also applied for the position of the head coach for Pakistan Junior and A-team. However, the role landed on to former Test batsman Ejaz Ahmed instead.
The source of the PCB mentioned that the 43-year old would join the high-performance centre shortly as the apex body of cricket in the nation has started reviving the same. Meanwhile, Nadeem Khan would serve as the Director of High Performance. Remembering that Saqlain Mushtaq had applied last year as well within the board, the source claimed that the off-spinner would instead serve as the high-performance coach since he opted for it.
“Saqlain is set to join the High-Performance Centre soon as the PCB has now started the process of revamping the centre in Lahore with the appointment of Nadeem Khan as the Director of High Performance. But recently when the PCB invited applications for different coaching positions, Saqlain had applied for the high -performance position and has now got the job.” the representative said as quoted by Hindustan Times.
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