Former Pakistan offspinner Saqlain Mushtaq has agreed to working with West Indies spinners during a three-week training camp, beginning September 3.
West Indies coach Ottis Gibson suggested Saqlain's name for the camp, which will be attended by players from senior, emerging and women's teams. "West Indian head coach Otis Gibson on behalf of the West Indies Cricket Board had asked me to work with the West Indian spinners and I had no hesitation in saying yes," Saqlain told Pakpassion.net. "It's a new challenge for me and one that I'm really looking forward to." he added.
The players who will take part in the camp are: Devendra Bishoo, Shane Shillingford, Veerasammy Permaul, Ashley Nurse, Anisa Mohammed, Shaquana Quintyne and Stafanie Taylor.
Mystery spinner Sunil Narine, Nikita Miller and Samuel Badree could not be picked due to their unavailability. While Narine and Badree will represent their respective franchises at the Champions League T20 tournament, Miller will travel to India with the West Indies A squad.
Saqlain was roped in by Bangladesh Cricket Board to hone the skills of their spinners and the 36-year-old said that he would continue with that role. "I'm still employed by the Bangladesh Cricket Board and will travel to Bangladesh after my stint in the Caribbean. The contract for 100 days a year with the BCB suits me and the BCB," he said.
"If I can help the West Indian spinners in any way then the stint will have been beneficial. I hope to pass on my experience and knowledge of cricket to the West Indian spinners and hope that working with me will prove to be of use to them," said Saqlain, who has experience of coaching spin bowlers of Bangladesh, New Zealand, Australia, England Lions.
Saqlain, who is most renowned for inventing 'doosra', represented Pakistan in 49 Tests and 169 ODIs, taking 208 wickets 288 wickets respectively.