Saqlain Mushtaq gets hired as England’s spin consultant

Saqlain Mushtaq
Saqlain Mushtaq has also worked with Bangladesh as spin consultant in the past. — AFP/File

Former Pakistan offspinner Saqlain Mushtaq will work as the spin bowling consultant for the England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) over the next two years, the 40-year-old told DawnNews on Saturday.

“ECB has hired my services for 2 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,” said Saqlain.

The inventor of Doosra has had his expertise utilised by several countries including New Zealand. West Indies and England too in the past.

Saqlain sounded confident that he will be able to unleash the best out of the current senior spin bowlers of the England side, as well as that off the emerging spinners.

“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, who represented Pakistan in 49 Tests and 169 ODIs, said he won’t mind working for his own country, but the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) never really tried to approach him.

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

The Lahore-born cricketer believed Pakistan’s upcoming series against West Indies will be an interesting one and he is looking forward to see Yasir Shah and Devendra Bishoo perform for Pakistan and Windies respectively.

Pakistan take on the defending world champions in the first T20 at Bridgetown on Sunday.