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Tuesday May 21, 2024

Bangladesh rope in Mushtaq Ahmed as spin bowling coach

Former star leg-spinner will join Bangladesh team ahead of preparation camp later this month for T20 series against Zimbabwe

By Sports Desk
April 16, 2024
Former Pakistan leg-spinner and World Cup winner Mushtaq Ahmed. — AFP
Former Pakistan leg-spinner and World Cup winner Mushtaq Ahmed. — AFP

Ahead of the ICC T20 World Cup 2024, the Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) acquired services of former Pakistan leg-spinner and World Cup winner Mushtaq Ahmed as the new spin bowling coach.

The BCB formally announced Mushtaq's appointment on Tuesday. He will join the side ahead of the preparation camp later this month for the T20 series against Zimbabwe and will work with the Tigers until the end of the ICC T20 World Cup 2024 in the West Indies and USA.

The 53-year-old, who has performed the spin bowling coach’s role with England (2008-2014), West Indies (2018-19) and Pakistan (2020-22) has also held the position of the Pakistan team’s bowling consultant (2014-16).

Snapshot of Bangladesh Cricket Board’s post regarding Mushtaq Ahmed’s appointment. — X/@BCBtigers
Snapshot of Bangladesh Cricket Board’s post regarding Mushtaq Ahmed’s appointment. — X/@BCBtigers

Mushtaq took 185 wickets in 52 Tests at an average of 32.97 while he also claimed 161 wickets for Pakistan in 144 ODIs.

He played a key role in propelling Imran's Tigers to World Cup glory in 1992, memorably snaring Graeme Hick with one of his googlies in the final.

“It is a great honour for me to be a part of the Bangladesh cricket team as a spin bowling coach," Mushtaq Ahmed said in a statement released by BCB.

"I am looking forward to the role and want to pass my experience to the players because they are very coachable and I always believe that they are one of the most dangerous teams around.

"They can beat anyone because they have the capability, the resources and the talent. I will try to instill that belief into them. I am very excited at the opportunity to work with the team," he concluded.