Wasim Akram has explained his reasons why he does not want to coach the Pakistan cricket team. Wasim Akram, the legend, remains one of Pakistan’s greatest cricket captains of all time. He led Pakistan in 109 ODI games, the second most after Imran Khan. Out of these matches, the team won 66 and lost 41. Despite being a successful captain, Akram never appeared to be interested in coaching the Pakistan cricket team after his retirement. The 1992 World Cup winners have been coached by several big names, from the late Bob Woolmer to Mickey Arthur to Misbah-Ul-Haq. But there is also another name that comes to the mind of cricket lovers who never comes forward: Wasim Akram.
The former left-arm fast bowler finally explained his decision to never coach Pakistan, saying he does not fit the role due to its demanding nature. However, Akram has always been available to help the players who need him. Through the Pakistan Super League or during any ICC event, Akram has always been available to help those seeking it. “When you become the coach, you need to give at least 200 to 250 days a year to the team and I don’t think I can manage so much work away from Pakistan, from my family. I spend time with most of the players in the PSL, they all have my number,” Akram told Cricket Pakistan in an interview.
There is another reason which also keeps him behind. Legendary fast bowler feels there is a lot of rudeness and misbehavior that has crept in fans and followers of Pakistan cricket. He claims they find a reason to blame particularly the coach for the team’s poor performance. And as far as Akram is concerned, the leading ODI wicket-taker in the world has zero tolerance for this kind of behavior. “I am not a fool. I keep on hearing and seeing the way people misbehave with their coaches and seniors. The 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.