New Delhi : Former Pakistan Test bowler Aaqib Javed has refused to join Bangladesh as a bowling consultant. Javed, who signed with Lahore Qalandars earlier this year after resigning from United Arab Emirate’s head coach position, told media Monday that it was impossible for him to take any other job.
Javed has informed the Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) of his decision via email, BCB's cricket operations committee chairman Akram Khan has confirmed it and said they will now take steps as per their backup plan. "Aaqib has informed us that he is not going to come. We are not too worried about it. He was not our only option. We also have plans B, C, etc. We will now hold talks with the others," Akram said.
Akram, however, did not name any favourite among the other choices."The truth is that the job becomes difficult for both sides if we name (a favourite). You will know as soon as we finalise something." Former Zimbabwe all-rounder Heath Streak, who had held the post since May 2014, communicated that he was not extending his contract with the BCB via email towards the end of last month. Akram had earlier said they had set their sights on four bowlers – Sri Lanka's Champaka Ramanayake and Chaminda Vaas, Javed and India's Venkatesh Prasad.