Karachi - The Pakistan Cricket Board on Monday appointed Mushtaq Ahmed as its
new spin bowling coach after the World Cup winner lost the role for
The 43-year-old former leg-spinner signed a two-year contract with immediate effect, according to a statement by the board.
He had coached England for six years until a reshuffle by new head coach Peter Moores saw him replaced by Peter Such.
to the media after the appointment, Ahmed said: "I will do my best to
serve Pakistani spinners and will also help the batsmen learn how to
counter rival spinners.
"It's a big big honour for me and I will do my best."
Ahmed claimed 185 wickets in Test matches and 161 in one-day internationals.
was a mainstay of Pakistan's formidable bowling line-up in the 1990s
that included pace legends Wasim Akram and Waqar Younis, who was last
week appointed head coach.
The diminutive spinner also played a key role in Pakistan's World Cup victory in 1992 in tandem with Akram.
out from the national team later on in his career, he turned his
attention to English county cricket where he took more than 100 wickets
for Sussex for five successive seasons and helped them win the
championship in 2003, 2006 and 2007.
Ahmed's coaching tenure with
the England team coincided with the rise of Graeme Swann, one of the
country's best ever spinners who abruptly retired partway through the
2013-2014 Ashes won 5-0 by Australia.
Ahmed has had two previous stints as Pakistan's spin coach, in 2005 and 2007, despite controversy over his past.
He was among several players censured in a match-fixing report compiled by Judge Malik Qayyum in 2000.
report said that he had been in touch with bookmakers and recommended
that he be banned from positions of responsibility within the team and
The Qayyum commission banned former captain Salim Malik and paceman Ataur Rehman and fined six others.
to criticism in some quarters over his hiring, Ahmed said: "I am
surprised why people are against my appointment. I had been coach before
and then served England so there were no problems before, why now?"
2010 the-then International Cricket Council chief Haroon Lorgat
revealed to the Guardian that he had warned the England Cricket Board to
perform due diligence before appointing Ahmed.
Pakistan are also
expected soon to appoint former Zimbabwean opener Grant Flower as their
batting coach, and fellow Zimbabwean Richard Halsall as fielding and