Aqib rejects BCB’s bowling consultant offer citing Qalandars’ commitment


The Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) was looking to take former Pakistani fast bowler Aaqib Javed’s services as a bowling consultant for their national team, but, he has turned down the offer.

Aaqib Javed, who is associated with the PSL franchise Lahore Qaalandars as the Director Operations told ESPNCricinfo, “I have recently joined Lahore Qalandars and started working from last Friday only, so it’s not possible for me to take any other job,”

He added, “But I may be open for a short-term coaching consultant job after the second edition of PSL, not as full-time [coach]. Right now I am in a long-term relationship with the Qalanders and I am committed to them, and it’s not really reasonable for me to take up role with Bangladesh.”

BCB CEO, Nizamuddin Chowdhury informed about Aaqib’s decision, “After we contacted him, Javed considered our proposal but [declined] because it would be very difficult to handle two important positions at the same time,” he further said, “As we were doing before, we are looking for other options in this position.”

Aaqib remained a key weapon for Pakistani bowling arsenal since his international debut in 1988 against West Indies at Adelaide.

He was instrumental in giving Pakistan the world cup win in 1992, he played 22 test matches and 163 ODIs with the star on his chest and bagged 54 and 182 wickets respectively.

He was the bowling coach of Pakistan during their successful campaign in the World t20 2009 and also coached Pakistan U-19 team when they won the 2004 World Cup beating India in the final.

Aaqib Javed was a capable bowler with the ability of swinging ball both ways and bowling effective slower deliveries, he was associated with the UAE as the head coach and under his coaching UAE got the ODI and World T20 status, they also featured in the first round of the World T20 2014.

Aaqib Javed stepped down from the post of UAE’s head coach and was in race to become Waqar Younis’ successor after his resignation. However, the 43-year old didn’t apply for the post as he thought the board has already decided to hire a foreign candidate.

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