National Cricket Academy (NCA) head coach, Mohammad Akram, on Saturday announced his resignation from the office citing “family reasons” although there are indications that he may have stepped down after mounting criticism over his part-time job as a TV analyst.
“I have resigned with no regret,” Akram was quoted as saying by ESPNcricinfo
“I have enjoyed every moment working with Pakistan cricket. I have done a lot to the best of my ability and I see the players now started to bloom. I worked so hard to get the system going and the result of my efforts is quite evident. I am leaving the set-up in safe hands.”
Though the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) is yet to accept Akram’s resignation, the former Pakistan international said his decision was well thought-out and that he would want to be around his family in England.
“I am a family man but with this job from 9 to 5 in Lahore, living away from family, it isn’t working for me. Earlier, when I was a bowling coach, I still had a time to visit my family frequently, but since then I have shifted to an in-house job I was not able to make it. I came here to contribute for cricket but at the same time my family is much more important.”
Recently, Akram, 41, came under fire for working as an analyst at Ten Sports for the ongoing Pakistan- England Test series in the United Arab Emirates. Though he had the permission from the board authorities, his role was being questioned in local cricketing circles.
“I am not bothered at all about any undue criticism because I am here with the permission,” Akram said.
It is unclear who will replace Akram for the job if his resignation is accepted but the PCB has made it clear in the past that would only place a former Pakistan cricketer in that post.