Former Pakistan fast bowler Aaqib Javed has declined the BCB’s offer for the post of Bangladesh’s bowling coach. Javed’s response came a day after BCB president Nazmul Hassan said the board was in talks with the ex-UAE coach.
Javed declined the offer to continue in his new role as director of cricket operations with the Pakistan Super League franchise, Lahore Qalandars, but said he may be open to a short-term consultancy stint after the second season of the PSL later this year. Javed had stepped down as UAE coach in April, after a four-year tenure, to take up the role offered by Qalandars.
“I have recently joined Lahore Qalandars and started working from last Friday only, so it’s not possible for me to take any other job,” Javed told ESPNcricinfo. “But I may be open for a short-term coaching consultant job after the second edition of PSL, not as full-time [coach]. Right now I am in a long-term relationship with the Qalanders and I am committed to them, and it’s not really reasonable for me to take up role with Bangladesh.”
BCB CEO Nizamuddin Chowdhury confirmed that Javed had communicated his decision and the board is now looking at other candidates.
“After we contacted him, Javed considered our proposal but [declined] because it would be very difficult to handle two important positions at the same time,” Chowdhury said. “As we were doing before, we are looking for other options in this position.”
The BCB was looking to rope in Javed who was an integral part of Pakistan’s bowling attack from 1988-98 and had the ability to swing the ball both ways.
Javed made his international debut for Pakistan in an One-Day International (ODI) against West Indies at Adelaide in 1988. Two months later, in February 1989, he donned Pakistan’s Test cap, aged 16 only.