Akhtar wants Moody to be appointed as Pakistan coach

Last Updated: Sunday, June 16, 2013 - 20:18

Karachi: Pakistan`s controversial former fast bowler Shoaib Akhtar wants the PCB to appoint Australia`s Tom Moody as the coach of the national team, which has faced a torrid time in the ICC Champions Trophy, failing to win a single match in three appearances.

Shoaib said that having worked with Moody he could say for certain the former Australian all-rounder was capable of turning around the fortunes of Pakistan cricket.

"Our problem is we are just not producing or grooming enough quality players. We need to learn to respect our senior players and use their experience accordingly," he said today.

"In other countries the boards try to utilise the services of top players to build up new players but in Pakistan cricket it is vice versa. Dropping Younis Khan or Shahid Afridi for the Champions Trophy was a big mistake.

"We need someone like Tom Moody to build a new team. I know how he works and I can say for certain he is the one who can not only create a winning culture in the dressing room and groom players but also act as a father figure to them. That is how players are developed and made into world class performers under pressure," he said.

Moody, a respected international coach, worked with Akhtar when he played in English county cricket.

Asked if he felt that Australian Dav Whatmore had failed to deliver as head coach of the national team, Akhtar said, " The results speak for themselves and it is time to think about changes and bring in new ideas and a will to change the dressing room culture. You need to have senior players like Younis in the dressing room to serve as inspirations for younger players."

Akhtar himself had offered to work as bowling coach with the team but the board rejected his offer insisting he was not qualified as a coach.

"Coaching is good at the grass root level. But when you play international cricket you need to have the quality and ability to adjust to different conditions and circumstances yourself. No coach can teach you how to react in pressure situations or in big matches."

PTI



First Published: Sunday, June 16, 2013 - 20:18

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