DHAKA:  Former head coach of the United Arab Emirates (UAE) cricket team and paceman Aqib Javed has turned down the offer citing other commitments.

“Yes they (Bangladesh Cricket Board) did offer me the bowling coach role but the timing is not right for me. I just joined Lahore Qalandars and will not be able to leave at this stage, he said

Aqib Javed, 43, recently joined the Pakistan Super League (PSL) franchise, Lahore Qalandars as Director after resigning as the UAE head coach.

Aqib Javed was interested in Pakistan team’s coaching as well however refused to apply for the post because, in view of the statements from relevant quarters, he felt the job would be handed over to a foreigner.

Aqib’s forecast came true when the Pakistan Cricket Board shortlisted all foreigners for the post and subsequently appointed Mickey Arthur, who recently acquired Australian nationality, as national team’s head coach.

After Aqib’s refusal now Chaminda Vaas, Champaka Ramanayake, Venkatesh Prasad, Courtly Ambrose and Shane Bond are the candidates for Bangladesh bowling coach slot which is lying vacant since Heath Streak resigned late last month.

Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) had offered former Pakistani fast bowler Aqib Javed to take over to position of bowling coach with its national cricket team.