BIRMINGHAM: Former Pakistan legspinner Mushtaq Ahmed said he could start as England's spin-bowling coach from next month after being asked by head coach Peter Moores to help develop the team's options.
The 38-year-old Mushtaq, who was on Pakistan's World Cup-winning team in 1992, could start part time and is also considering an offer to work with his former county team Sus+++. He is yet to sign a contract for either role.
"Peter Moores asked me if I can spare some time during the summer (in 2009) or winter to work with the young England spinners and also the main spinners (in the senior team)," Mushtaq told media from Lahore, Pakistan.
"It is about making an average talent into a good talent, or a good talent into a great talent. First, they have to spin the ball — that is the basic requirement — then other things like aggression, having the confidence and variety comes after."
Mushtaq, who took 185 wickets in 52 tests, was Bob Woolmer's assistant coach with Pakistan for two spells, the last at the 2007 World Cup. He had to retire from playing at first-class level during the recent English season due to a chronic knee injury, but will continue to play Twenty20 cricket in the non ICC sanctioned Indian Cricket League.