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Wasim Akram slams critics over coach issue

Karachi: Pakistan fast bowling great Wasim Akram has lashed out at some former stalwarts, who refused to apply for the head coach's position of the national team because of his involvement in the process of shortlisting the candidates.

Pak's former pacer Wasim Akram
Pak's former pacer Wasim Akram

Without taking names but in an obvious reference to former Test cricketers, Mohsin Khan and Aaqib Javed, Akram said he was disappointed to know some former players didn't want to apply because they felt the PCB had already been advised to appoint a foreign coach by him and another former captain Ramiz Raja.

"What sort of attitude and mindset is this? One former player said I will apply and talk directly to the Chairman. When you have such a mindset, how can one expect them to work well with the Pakistan team," Akram told Geo News channel.

Akram and Ramiz were appointed by the PCB to help it shortlist coaching candidates for the head coach's position which eventually went to South African Mickey Arthur after Englishman Peter Moores and Australian Stuart Law pulled out of the race.

'Respect is a give and take thing'
The former fast bowler said he had always believed in giving respect to his senior players. "But even respect is a give and take thing and one expects to be respected by everyone," Akram said.

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