England hires Saqlain Mushtaq as bowling consultant with an aim to focus on rising spinners

Lahore: Former Pakistan off-spinner Saqlain Mushtaq on Saturday revealed that the England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) has hired him as a spin bowling consultant for two years.

"ECB has hired my services for two 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," Mushtaq was quoted as saying by Pakistani daily Dawn.

File photo of Saqlain Mushtaq. Reuters

File photo of Saqlain Mushtaq. Reuters

Saqlain, who has previously worked with England, New Zealand, and the West Indies as a spin bowling coach, is hopeful that the English duo of Adil Rashid and Moeen Ali will benefit a lot with his guidance.

"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.

Saqlain also revealed that the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) had once approached him for a coaching role more than a year ago, but there was no follow-up from the board.

"If people ask why Saqlain has not worked with the PCB yet, then they should redirect their questions to the PCB," he said.

Updated Date: Mar 25, 2017 18:07 PM

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