Adams sees greater role for Mushtaq
ST JOHN'S, Antigua (CMC):
Former Pakistan spin wizard Mushtaq Ahmed could play a pivotal role in helping to develop the region's spin assets in the future, says West Indies' director of cricket, Jimmy Adams.
Media revealed on Monday that Mushtaq had joined the West Indies set-up on a four-week stint, but Adams said that it was hoped that the former Test bowler's services could be utilised on an ongoing basis beyond the initial period.
"Although this initial stint is four weeks, both parties are already discussing the possibility of engaging Ahmed on a more regular basis in the future," said Adams, a former West Indies captain.
"Not only to work with our players, but just as importantly, with our coaches in the region."
Mushtaq will work with West Indies, West Indies Women, and Windies A in preparation for upcoming tours.
Significantly, West Indies welcome Sri Lanka for a three-Test tour starting in June, and Mushtaq's contract, which runs from May 10 to June 7, coincides with the preparation period for that series.
The 47-year-old spent six years as a spin consultant with the England side, helping them win the Twenty20 World Cup and the Ashes series, and has also served as head of the Pakistan Cricket Academy.