Pak bowling coach's contract extended for Proteas series

Islamabad, Sept 22 (ANI): Pakistan bowling coach Mohammad Akram has reportedly been given a one-month extension from his original contract, which would allow him to continue his job for the upcoming series against South Africa in the United Arab Emirates (UAE).

Akram's original contract ended after the Zimbabwe series, before which former captain Moin Khan was named as the new manager of the national cricket team of the country.

According to the Daily Times, a PCB spokesman confirmed the extension, saying that the decision to extend Akram's contract has been taken amid the ongoing caretaker setup, in which the board cannot appoint nor make a call to terminate anyone's services in the light of the Islamabad High Court's order.

The report mentioned that Akram's services were acquired following the ouster of former coach Aqib Javed, who resigned to be UAE's head coach after the series against England in 2012.

Akram, who has so far covered five Tests, 25 ODIs and 16 T20Is for Pakistan and oversaw the international debuts of Rahat Ali, Mohammad Irfan, Ehsan Adil and Asad Ali, also ran an extensive programme with the regional coaches of the country, the report added. (ANI)

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