LAHORE - The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) has made a formal short-term coaching offer to former fast bowler Wasim Akram to coach youngsters.

While Akram hasn't rejected the proposal, he has insisted the board will have to work around his busy schedule if hired.  Akram is currently in Australia as a commentator for the Under-19 World Cup and will be in South Africa during the Champions League as part of the Kolkata Knight Riders' coaching staff.  "I am willing to coach because I would like to work with youngsters and train them," said Akram. "I have always said that I am available to work with young bowlers in Pakistan, but due to my busy schedule I can't do this full time.

"But whenever I am in Pakistan, I am available to coach and groom the youngsters. There is no dearth of talent in Pakistan, it only has to be scouted and groomed properly.

The PCB are searching for a full-time bowling coach after the departure of Aaqib Javed earlier this year, but couldn't come to a permanent arrangement with Akram. "The PCB is always very keen to utilise his services and this is a positive gesture by him," said a board spokesman.

"The board has established a contact with him but nothing has been worked out due to his availability but he has assured to find a window from his busy schedule in near future."