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| Mushtaq to join ECB as consulting spin bowling coach|
| Updated at: 0223 PST, Friday, October 24, 2008|
LONDON: Former Pakistan leg spinner Mushtaq Ahmad has been appointed as a spin bowling coach by the England and Wales Cricket Board. The ECB announced Thursday that the 38-year-old former Pakistan and Sussex leg-spinner will work for ECB on a consultancy basis and his role will include working with the spinners in the England Test and One-Day squads, the England Performance Programme and Elite Player Development Programmes.
David Parsons, the ECB Performance Director, and formerly ECB Lead Spin Bowling Coach, said: “We are very excited that a bowler of Mushtaq’s standing within the game has decided to join our team of specialist coaches based at the National Cricket Performance Centre at Loughborough.
“He will have a role to play at all levels of the game. His primary task will be to mentor our leading spin bowlers in the Test, One-Day and Performance squads but we also believe he can help encourage youngsters at the grass roots of the game to take up and learn the art of spin-bowling.”
ECB Managing Director - England Cricket, Hugh Morris, added: “It’s critical that we nurture and develop the next generation of England spin bowlers using the expertise and knowledge of former players such as Mushtaq. Spin has been integral to the success of the world’s best cricket teams and we are keen to ensure that there is a constant flow of spin-bowling talent into the England set-up.”
Mushtaq, who recently announced his retirement from First Class Cricket, will be taking appropriate steps to sever his ties with the Indian Cricket League. The Sahiwal-born cricketer played 52 Tests and 144 One-Day Internationals for his country and was a member of Pakistan’s World Cup winning team in 1992. In the course of a 21-year First Class playing career, he took 1407 First Class wickets and won the County Championship three times with Sussex.