That Wasim Akram will not be India’s bowling coach may come as a big relief to cricket lovers who strongly believe that ‘tainted’ players shouldn’t exercise any influence, whatsoever, on the game. Indian skipper Saurav Ganguly confirmed in a February 26 press conference: "No, it won’t be Wasim Akram. He (the coach) will be an Indian." A BCCI official told Outlook
that "keeping Akram out" was only in keeping with the unwritten ICC rule: those linked to match-fixing or being investigated for their involvement should not be seen doing any business with a cricketing body.
Even though his playing career is over, the former Pakistan captain may still continue to play a role in the forthcoming high-profile, high-security India-Pakistan series as an ESPN commentator.
Despite the flood of reports in the Pakistani, Indian, Australian and English media on Akram being investigated by the ICC’s Anti-Corruption and Security Unit (ACU) for match-fixing, ESPN is stuck on its old theme. Says Himangshu Verma, the channel’s associate director (corporate...