West Indies appoints Mushtaq Ahmed as bowling coach

West Indies appoints Mushtaq Ahmed as bowling coach

LAHORE: West Indies cricket team has appointed former Pakistani leg-spinner Mushtaq Ahmed as new bowling coach for a month.

Mushtaq is expected to join the Windies squad this month on a short-term appointment that can be converted into a long-term position.

Mushtaq’s contract with the PCB as the National Cricket Academy head coach ended last month and the extension takes effect from July, allowing him to take up the role with Cricket West Indies.

Former leg-spinner has been instrumental in the spin bowling departments of sides, especially working with the likes of Moeen Ali and Rashid Khan of England in recent times.

“It’s a privilege to work with the West Indies cricket team,” Mushtaq told.

“They have produced many greatest cricketers and I have wonderful memories playing against a few in the 90s. They probably are not the same force in the world cricket at this stage but they still have a consistent pipeline of exceptional cricketers coming in the system. It’s a short contract but still, a month-long deal is ample enough for me to create a difference.”

Mushtaq, 47, had also spent 18 months with Pakistan as bowling coach between 2016 and 2017. Azhar Mahmood, who was recently appointed Pakistan’s bowling coach, had first been brought on as a temporary replacement for Mushtaq for the Asia Cup in February 2016. He then worked along with Mushtaq at the World T20.