Former Pakistan off-spinner Saqlain Mushtaq has confirmed his application for the position of head coach of the Pakistan U19 team.
The 42-year-old is likely to interview for the position with the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) in Karachi next week. The PCB had recently carried out advertisements seeking candidates for the Pakistan men’s team head coach as well as that of the U19 squad.
“I have applied and my interview is next week. I just feel that I can contribute a lot to Pakistan cricket,” Saqlain was quoted as saying by Sportstar.
The former Pakistan international is currently serving as the spin consultant for England in their ongoing Ashes series against Australia and has performed a similar role with New Zealand, West Indies, Bangladesh and Australia previously.
Saqlain Mushtaq who has rich coaching experience will give interview to PCB on Monday after applying for national und-19 coaching position. Good luck Saqi you are needed!— Waheed Khan (@waheedkhan) August 14, 2019
Saqlain played 49 Tests and 169 ODIs for Pakistan over the course of his international career in which he picked up 208 and 288 wickets respectively.
The former spinner was also a part of England’s coaching setup during their maiden World Cup triumph recently and is a Level Three certified coach with the England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB).
The ICC U19 World Cup is slated to get underway in South Africa in January next year and the PCB are expected to conduct interviews for the head coach position next week in Karachi.
A counter-attacking 86 from middle-order stalwart Ross Taylor kept New Zealand in the hunt on Day One of their opening Test against Sri Lanka at Galle.
On a day which ended prematurely due to persistent showers, Akila Dananjaya’s five-wicket haul helped Sri Lanka restrict the Kiwis to 203-5.
The day started promisingly for the visitors after skipper Kane Williamson elected to bat first with openers Jeet Raval and Tom Latham adding 64 runs for the first wicket.
The hosts came roaring back towards the end of the first session with Dananjaya’s off-spin fetching three quick wickets before lunch.
The Sri Lanka off-spinner first removed Latham by drawing an edge toward the slips before dismissing Williamson for a duck in the very same over. The New Zealand skipper could only tap a simple return catch to his Sri Lanka counterpart Dimuth Karunaratne at short mid-wicket after the ball gripped in the surface.
The Kiwis were suddenly reduced to 71-3 at the stroke of lunch after Dananjaya had Raval caught-behind before Taylor and Henry Nicholls rescued the situation for the visitors.
The duo added exactly 100 runs for the fourth wicket before Nicholls fell at the stroke of tea. The left-hander was dismissed for 42 by the off-spinner after failing to make contact with his attempted sweep.
Dananjaya gave Sri Lanka more reasons to smile before tea by trapping BJ Watling plumb on the pads for just one run. Taylor continued to fight for New Zealand at the other end with some gutsy strokes and the right-hander was inching towards a 19th Test ton before rain brought an early halt to proceedings at Galle.
First Test Day One Scorecard
New Zealand: 203-5 (68 overs)
Ross Taylor: 86 not out
Akila Dananjaya: 5-57
Rishabh Pant has vowed to continue playing his natural attacking game with the bat despite coming under criticism for some of his shot selection.
The young India wicketkeeper batsman is being groomed by the selectors as the long-term successor to MS Dhoni and has been handed the gloves for all three formats in the team’s ongoing tour of West Indies.
However, Pant has failed to really seize his chance in the Caribbean with the left-hander disappointing with the bat in the limited-overs clashes so far bar one unbeaten knock of 65 in the third and final T20.
The youngster has aggregated just 24 runs in his three other innings on the tour with his manner of dismissals leaving plenty to be desired. Despite his inconsistency, Pant remains unperturbed and is confident that the big knock will arrive soon.
“As an individual, I would like to have a big score at my back but I am not focusing on that every time I go in,” he said on the eve of the final ODI against West Indies at the Port of Spain.
“I just want to play normal, positive cricket. Hopefully I can help my team to win matches. Every match is crucial for me.”
The 21-year-old has already cemented a place in the Test outfit after becoming the first Indian wicketkeeper batsman to register tons in both Australia and England. However, he has failed to translate that success to the limited-overs formats and averages 25.44 with the bat in ODIs after making 11 appearances.
Pant will be in action on Wednesday when West Indies and India lock horns in the third ODI. The visitors lead the three-match series 1-0 after their 59-run win in the second ODI while the first match was washed out due to rain.