Mushtaq Ahmed not confirming IPL deal due to recent backlash, say sources

Mushtaq said that he had considered the IPL coaching offer as he was free of any commitments until the Champions Trophy in May and the Ashes series. The former leg-spinner works as bowling consultant for the England team and accompanied them on their tour to India recently.

Last updated on Tuesday, 12 February, 2013 23:37 IST
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Lahore: Former Pakistan Test leg-spinner Mushtaq Ahmed has signed a deal with IPL side Delhi Daredevils to work as their bowling consultant but has not made it public due to the recent backlash in India over the presence of Pakistani sportsmen there, sources said on Tuesday.

A reliable source in Pakistan Cricket Board told PTI that Mushtaq has indeed signed the contract but both parties had decided against any formal announcements in view of the recent backlash in India over presence of Pakistani sportsmen there.

"Mushtaq had finalized the contract but is avoiding a confirmation because there is still time for IPL and he does not want any unnecessary attention to be created and problems to arise because of his involvement in IPL," the source said.

Mushtaq confirmed that he has got an "attractive and challenging" coaching offer from Delhi Daredevils for the IPL and said the deal would be finalised soon.

"I have gone through the written offer to be bowling consultant for DD and documents are being exchanged. It is an offer that has interested me a lot. It should be finalized soon," he told PTI.

"The offer from Delhi is an interesting and challenging one but it has got my interest for sure and until now I have had come positive discussions with the owners," he said.

Mushtaq said that he had considered the IPL coaching offer as he was free of any commitments until the Champions Trophy in May and the Ashes series. The former leg-spinner works as bowling consultant for the England team and accompanied them on their tour to India recently.

It was his involvement with the England team that got the Delhi outfit apparently interested in hiring him as bowling consultant.

"As a professional coach I am always looking forward to challenging assignments but obviously I am committed to the England team," he said.

Mushtaq said he was not going to New Zealand with the England team.

Story first published on: Tuesday, 12 February 2013 23:34 IST

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