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The Pakistan Cricket Board has plans to withdraw head coach Misbah ul Haq from the position of chief selector and Akhtar is proposed for the position.
It was disclosed by the pacer himself that the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) has approached him for a major role, believed to be the post of chief selector.
“I will not deny it. Yes, I have had some discussions with the board and I am interested in playing a major role in Pakistan cricket. But nothing is decided as yet,” Akhtar said on Thursday during a YouTube show “Cricket Baaz”.
“I live a very comfortable life…I played cricket on my terms but now I have settled down. But I am ready to leave this comfort and try to put my neck on the line for the PCB… I am not afraid others give advice. I will give time if the opportunity arises,” Akhtar said.
After taking the dual role, as the chief selector and head coach of the national side, Misbah has been receiving criticism. The burden on him has only intensified due to the under-performances of the team during his tenure.
If given the opportunity, Akhtar said that he would bring forward players with an aggressive mindset.
“I am ready to get in the line of fire. I will do it because I want to play a role in creating a pool of players from the new generation who play with an aggressive mindset and without fear of failure,” he said.
“We need to start having players who have same mindset that our greats like Javed Miandad, Wasim Akram or Mushtaq Muhammad had,” he further stated.