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Aaqib Javed joins Sri Lanka as fast-bowling coach

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Sri Lanka Cricket on Saturday named former Pakistan speedster Aaqib Javed as the national team’s fast bowling coach.

The former right-armer will work with Sri Lankan team until the completion of the ICC Men’s T20 World Cup, which will take place in the West Indies and USA in June 2024.

Aaqib’s role with Sri Lanka Cricket will begin with immediate effect.

“We warmly welcome Aaqib and believe that his immense international experience, both in playing and coaching, will help our bowlers come into good shape ahead of the upcoming major international competitions, such as the ICC Men’s T20 World Cup,” said Ashley De Silva, CEO, Sri Lanka Cricket.

Javed featured in 163 ODIs and 22 Test matches for Pakistan, bagging 236 international wickets. He was also a member of Pakistan’s 1992 World Cup-winning team and is currently the head coach of Pakistan Super League (PSL) side Lahore Qalandars.

In the past, Javed has also worked as the bowling coach of the Pakistan national team, while also being associated with the UAE national team as coach. He also linked up with Afghanistan national team in a development role.

“During his tenure as coach, the UAE National Team has obtained ODI and T20I status, made the ICC Men’s 50 Over World Cup in 2015, and also featured in the qualifiers for the ICC Men’s T20 World Cup in 2014,” Sri Lanka Cricket said in a press release.

“The former Pakistan pace bowler also coached the Pakistan U19 team to a World Cup win back in 2004 and served as the bowling coach when Pakistan won the 2009 T20 World Cup in England.”

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