ISSN: 1391 - 0531
Sunday June 01, 2008
Vol. 42 - No 53

Akram to consider coaching post

Former Pakistan captain Wasim Akram says he would think about coaching the national team if the offer came his way. "Coaching Pakistan is a matter of great pride," he told reporters at a training camp for fast bowlers in Lahore. "It is my way of returning something back to cricket which gave me so much."

However, a Pakistan Cricket Board official recently denied that current coach Geoff Lawson's position is precarious. Some members of the board are reportedly unhappy with the performance and commitment of Lawson, who was appointed last August following the death of Bob Woolmer during the 2007 World Cup.

It was suggested Lawson may not be required to return from his vacation in his native Australia, but the official, who requested anonymity, dismissed that possibility."No, he is very much the coach and has a two year contract with us," the official told The News. "It is not correct that he has problems with his job or we want him out.

"This is an important year for Pakistan cricket with two major tournaments like the Asia Cup and Champions Trophy and also India coming over for a Test series," the official added. "So basically it will also be a test for the team and its coach."

Akram also called for Lawson to join the camp as soon as possible. - Cricket365

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