My door always open to help Pak pacers if PCB desires: Ian Pont

Karachi, Sat, 01 Sep 2012 ANI
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Karachi, Sep 1 (ANI): Former fast bowler Ian Pont, who is recognised as a pioneer in his field of coaching pacers, has said his door is always open for the Pakistan Cricket Board for help, if it is required at any stage.

Pont's involvement with the game began as a player in a first-class career spanning six years, starting off with county side Nottinghamshire and culminating with Essex in 1988. He also had a brief foray into the world of baseball pitching in 1987.

The PCB's search for a replacement for previous bowling coach Aaqib Javed, who resigned in February to take up the head coaching position in the UAE, has been a prolonged process in which a number of individuals with significant coaching credentials were considered, including Stuart Barnes and Pont.

Ultimately, Mohammad Akram was selected due to his international bowling experience and relationship with the current crop of Pakistani players.

Pont told PakPassion.net: "I appreciate that the PCB was originally seeking a coach with the background and skills in coaching high profile players and developing talent, which is why I applied. Ultimately, the role wasn't offered to me."

I maintain a strong interest as I know both Dav Whatmore and Julien Fountain very well. I sincerely hope that Pakistan cricket goes from strength to strength and Mohammad Akram does a fabulous job. He has an important role and my door is always open to the PCB for help, if it is required at any stage."

Pont continues to coach bowlers in his cricket academy based in Essex, England. (ANI)

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