Former Pakistan speedster Shoaib Akhtar will act as head coach of the State Bank of Pakistan side for the upcoming first-class season, according to a report in the Dawn. After Wasim Akram and Waqar Younis, Akhtar is the latest former pace bowler from his country to formally take up a career in coaching.
Interestingly, Waqar and Akram had also taken up cricket commentary before temporarily switching to a coaching job like Akhtar, with Akram recently returning as the bowling coach for Indian Premier League franchise Kolkata Knight Riders. Akhtar was part of the Hindi commentary team along with the likes of Navjot Singh Sidhu and Harsha Bhogle during the ICC World Twenty20.
According to the State Bank of Pakistan side's team manager Zaheer-ul-Hassan, Akhtar has agreed to coach the domestic side while a clearance from the bank's sports committee is being sought. "It will be a huge bonus for us to have a cricketer of his stature in the support staff as the head coach. We are extremely happy that Shoaib has expressed his desire to play his role in uplifting the State Bank cricket team," Zaheer told the Dawn.