Wasim Akram Slams Abdullah Shafique for 'Silent' Celebration, PCB Considers Foreign Coach

Wasim Akram Slams Abdullah Shafique for ‘Silent’ Celebration, PCB Considers Foreign Coach

Legendary Pakistan cricket captain Wasim Akram has criticized Abdullah Shafique for his muted celebration after taking a catch to dismiss Imad Wasim in the Pakistan Super League (PSL) match between Lahore Qalandars and Islamabad United. Shafique’s celebration, which involved putting his finger over his mouth, was interpreted by Akram as a gesture of silencing his critics.

Akram expressed his displeasure with Shafique’s celebration, stating that he should “work in the drama industry rather than cricket.” He questioned Shafique’s responsibility for dropping 36 catches in Australia’s Test series and suggested that he should focus on his fielding rather than making unnecessary gestures.

Meanwhile, the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) is considering appointing a foreign coach for the national team, with Shane Watson, Mike Hesson, and Phil Simmons being potential candidates. The PCB has held initial talks with these coaches to gauge their interest in coaching Pakistan until next year’s ICC Champions Trophy.

PCB chief Mohsin Naqvi has expressed his preference for a foreign coaching staff, but the board’s reputation for dealing with foreign coaches has raised concerns. High-profile coaches are wary of taking up contracts with Pakistan due to previous instances of abrupt dismissals and contract disputes.

The PCB’s poor track record in handling coaching staff has made it difficult to attract top coaches, who now prefer contracts with franchises in various leagues around the world. The board’s decision to appoint a foreign coach will depend on the availability and interest of potential candidates, as well as the PCB’s ability to address concerns regarding contract stability and respect for coaching staff.

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