'I am not a fool,' says Wasim Akram on why he has stayed away from coaching Pakistan

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28 May 2021 | 02:00 PM
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'I am not a fool,' says Wasim Akram on why he has stayed away from coaching Pakistan

The former Pakistan captain is currently the coach of PSL side Karachi Kings

Former captain Wasim Akram says he has not taken up a coaching role in Pakistan as he feels he will not be able to give 200-250 days for the team, given his family commitments. He further added that he does not like the way the players criticise their coaches on social media. 

Akram has been associated in capacity with Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) in the Indian Premier League (IPL) and is now the coach of Pakistan Super League (PSL) side Karachi Kings. He has also worked as bowling coach of Multan Sultans and Islamabad United.

"Firstly, if you associate yourself not just with Pakistan but with any other international team, you need to give at least 200-250 days in a year. I feel I cannot manage so much work away from Pakistan and my family. Generally, players who want any sort of advice contact me and I try to help them," Akram told Cricket Pakistan.

"Secondly, I am not a fool. I do look at social media and the way some players humiliate their coaches and seniors. Coaches aren't going to play cricket, it's the players who have to play. A coach's job is just to plan and it isn't completely his fault if the team is losing. I cannot tolerate nonsense against coaches," Akram added.

In his playing career, the legendary cricketer picked up 414 Test wickets at 23.62 and in the 50-over format, he has picked up 502 scalps at 23.52 for Pakistan in a career spanning 18 years.

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