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Aaqib Javed steps down as UAE coach, in contention for Lahore Qalandars job

Aaqib Javed steps down as UAE coach, in contention for Lahore Qalandars job

Former Pakistan fast bowler Aaqib Javed has resigned as the UAE coach on Wednesday and has his eyes set on the Director Cricket Operations position with Pakistan Super League outfit Lahore Qalandars.

Javed, who has also worked with the Pakistan cricket team as an assistant coach, signed a 3 year contract with UAE in 2012, replacing compatriot Kabir Khan.

His stint proved successful for the emerging side as it gained ODI and T20I status and also qualified for the 2015 World Cup.

The Emirates team also played in the first round of the 2014 World T20 which was their first appearance at the world stage since the 1996 World Cup.

“I have decided to resign from the UAE job and go back to Pakistan,” Javed told ESPNcricinfo.

“I think I have done great with the team and now I don’t see anything left for me to do.

“They have the ODI status, played cricket at the highest level against big teams, and now it’s just a repetition and I don’t want to do it again.

“In an Associate country like UAE, you do at a certain level and when you achieve every goal, then you start losing interest and there is no motivation left.

“So I decided to move on and try something different,” he added.

Javed has been into coaching since the last decade.

He started with the Lahore Regional Cricket Academy followed by his stints with the Pakistan Under-19 side and his appointment as the head-coach of the National Cricket Academy.

The 43-year-old also served the Pakistan national team as bowling coach and assistant coach in separate stints between 2009 and 2012.

He was also considered by the Pakistan Cricket Board as a top contender for the national side’s head-coach position but chose to withdraw.

The Sheikhupura born cricketer, however, expressed his interest to coach a top side.

“I am looking ahead to bigger goals now as I have done everything – being at no. 2 in the command, and recently coaching UAE – so why not go beyond that,” said Javed.

“Something that kept me motivated when I joined UAE was that I knew I had to work hard to gather a broken team and get them to stand on their feet, so that was a new experience and I loved doing that.

“So now I don’t want to take up the old job and do the same things again. I am thinking beyond that and if I am offered [the role], I will definitely consider being a head coach of a full Test-playing nation,” he added.

Lahore Qalandars executive Atif Rana also confirmed that the franchise has approached Javed for a comprehensive role which will be confirmed later this week.

“The deal hasn’t been done yet,” Rana told ESPNcricinfo.

“We have been in touch with Aaqib for long and on Saturday we will be putting up his case in our board and will take a final call.

‘It is partly true that we are interested to rope him in but there are a lot of discussions left before we formally announce,” he added.

Javed, who played for Pakistan from 1989 to 1998, boasts 54 Test and 182 ODI wickets and was also an important part of Imran Khan’s 1992 World Cup winning side.

Courtesy : Dawn News



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