Former Pakistan pacer Shoaib Akhtar has confirmed he has had discussions with Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) over becoming the chief selector. At present, former captain Misbah-ul-Haq is holding the post of the chief selector as well as head coach.
However, recent reports have suggested that PCB is keen to ease the pressure off Misbah by appointing a new chief selector. Last month, there were reports that a ‘former fast bowler known for his outspoken comments and who was a big star in his playing days’ was under consideration for the post of chief selector.
And Shoaib Akhtar has now confirmed the development. Known for his outspoken nature, the legendary pacer has been a vocal critic of the state of affairs in Pakistan cricket. He has not shied away from criticising the way in which PCB is running the game.
Not very long ago, he had also criticised Misbah, asking the latter to take responsibility for Pakistan’s results in recent times rather than putting the blame on an ageing T20 team.
“I will not deny it. Yes, I have had some discussions with the board and I am interested in playing a major role in Pakistan cricket. But nothing is decided as yet,” Shoaib Akhtar said on Thursday during a YouTube show “Cricket Baaz”.
“I live a very comfortable life…I played cricket on my terms but now I have settled down. But I am ready to leave this comfort and try to put my neck on the line for the PCB..I am not afraid to give others advice. I will give time if the opportunity arises,” he added.
At the same time, he refused to divulge details of his discussions with PCB top bosses. He stated that negotiations are still going on as none of the parties have said yes.
“Yes there has been some discussions. I can reveal only this much but nothing concrete as yet. But talks are still on. I have not said “yes” neither have they (PCB) said “yes”, said Shoaib Akhtar.
One of the fastest bowlers in the history of the game, Shoaib Akhtar said that his motivation is not to land a job for money but to build a pool of world class players who can serve Pakistan for long.
“I don’t like saying this but it is a fact. Look I don’t want a job and I don’t need a salary. People want jobs and they come for salaries but I don’t need the money.For Akhtar the motivation is to build a pool of world class players who will serve Pakistan cricket for long time.
“I am ready to get in the line of fire. I will do it because I want to play a role in creating a pool of players from the new generation who play with an aggressive mindset and without fear of failure,” he said.