Pakistan’s former illustrious spin bowler Saqlain Mushtaq agrred to work with England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) as spin bowling coach consultant for a one Test match against Pakistan.
Mushtaq confirmed this earlier on Saturday on twitter.
Looking forward to working with @ECB_cricket prayers and wishes required.
— Saqlain Mushtaq (@Saqlain_Mushtaq) May 28, 2016
England will face Pakistan in four Tests, starting at Lord’s on July 14, before playing five one day internationals and one Twenty20.
All three formats will be played under the umbrella of the “Super Series” points system that is currently being used to decide an overall winner for the early summer visit of Sri Lanka.
Mushtaq is following in the footsteps of his former Pakistan team-mate Mushtaq Ahmed, who was England’s spin coach from 2008 to early 2014 in a six-year spell that coincided with Graeme Swann’s stellar international career.
Saqlain’s appointment will aid Moeen Ali’s development as a spin bowling all-rounder at international level, even if home conditions will probably dictate a more seam oriented attack than in the United Arab Emirates last year, which resulted in a 2-0 Test series defeat.
Similarly, Saqlain’s tips may come handy when English batsmen will face formidable Pakistani leg-spinner Yasir Shah during the series.