KARACHI: Former Pakistan Test off-spinner Saqlain Mushtaq will be working with West Indies spinners during the 3-week training camp.
“West Indian head coach Otis Gibson on behalf of the West Indies Cricket Board had asked me to work with the West Indian spinners and I had no hesitation in saying yes,” he told a Pakpassion.net. website on Tuesday.
“It’s a new challenge for me and one that I’m really looking forward to” stated Saqlain, an inventor of famous “Doosra”.
Saqlain Mushtaq, who took 208 wickets in 49 Test and 288 wickets in 169 One-Day Internationals, confirmed that he is now set to provide his insight into the art of spin bowling in a training camp for West Indies players in Barbados.
During the training camp Saqlain will be monitoring budding players like Samuel Badree as well as world class ones like Sunil Narine a fact that he recognizes as an honour and a challenge,
“I’m looking forward to working with the West Indian spinners in Barbados next month. The West Indies has always been famous for producing great fast bowlers over the years but now they are also producing some excellent spinners like Narine and Badree and I hope to develop that talent.”
Saqlain was also recently asked by the Bangladesh Cricket Board to work with their own talented pool of upcoming spin bowlers on an annual basis and he confirmed he would continue with that role once his work in Barbados concludes,
“I’m still employed by the Bangladesh Cricket Board and will travel to Bangladesh after my stint in the Caribbean. The contract for 100 days a year with the BCB suits me and the BCB.”
With experience of coaching spin bowlers for Bangladesh, New Zealand, Australia, England Lions, Saqlain is confident that his knowledge and background will be of great value to the West Indian players.
“If I can help the West Indian spinners in any way then the stint will have been beneficial. I hope to pass on my experience and knowledge of cricket to the West Indian spinners and hope that working with me will prove to be of use to them,” he stated.
I’ve worked with a number of cricketers around the world and for various Boards and have always maintained that I am willing to help Pakistani cricketers and the PCB in any way. I would love an opportunity to work with Pakistan’s spin bowling talent irrespective of experience and age”, he concluded.