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England hire Saqlain Mushtaq as spin consultant for two years

Saqlain Mushtaq has been hired as spin consultant for a period of two years during which he will not only work with the England senior team but also with new spinners on the block.

cricket Updated: Mar 25, 2017 15:10 IST
Saqlain Mushtaq,England,spin consultant
Saqlain Mushtaq has worked with England spinners like Adil Rashid (right) and Moeen Ali before and he hopes they will improve under his supervision. (Getty Images)

The England Cricket Board (ECB) has hired former Pakistan off-spinner Saqlain Mushtaq as a spin consultant for a period of two years. Mushtaq was their spin consultant during the tour of India that started in November last year.

“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,” Saqlain told the Dawn.

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Saqlain has previously worked with England, New Zealand, and West Indies as a spin bowling coach in the past.

The inventor of the ‘doosra’, Saqlain is optimistic that England’s spin department will perform better under his guidance

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“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.

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When asked about him working for the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB), Saqlain revealed that the PCB had approached him just once but there was no follow up.

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

First Published: Mar 25, 2017 15:10 IST