Wasim Akram has been a great servant of Pakistan cricket. Arguably the greatest fast bowler from the country, Akram led Pakistan in 109 ODIs, winning 66 and losing 41. Looking at the inexperience in the Pakistan bowling lineup, Akram could have been an ideal candidate for the Pakistan coach. However, the ‘Sultan of Swing’ never seemed interested in taking up the role.
Akram has now spilled the beans on his decision to never coach Pakistan. Akram revealed that he wasn’t keen on taking up the role due to its demanding nature. He, however, said that he is ready to help the players who need him.
“When you become the coach, you need to give at least 200 to 250 days a year to the team and that’s a lot of work. I don’t think I can manage so much work away from Pakistan, from my family. And as it is, I spend time with most of the players in the PSL, they all have my number,” Akram told Cricket Pakistan in an interview.
Another reason that Akram refrained from coaching Pakistan is the behaviour of the fans who unnecessarily criticize the coach for the team’s poor performance.
“I am not a fool. I keep on hearing and seeing the way people misbehave with their coaches and seniors. Coach isn’t the one playing. The players do that. The coach can only help with planning so if the team loses, I don’t think the coach is not as accountable as we hold him as a nation,” Akram said.
“So I’m afraid of that as well, because I don’t tolerate misbehaviour. And we are becoming that. I love the people… their enthusiasm and passion for the game, but without the misbehaviour that is shown in social media. It shows what we are.”