Mushy eyes coaching role
Mushtaq Ahmed told Sky Sports News that he wants to move into coaching now his playing days are over, ideally at Sussex.
Last Updated: 27/08/08 4:19pm
Newly-retired leg-spinner Mushtaq Ahmed told Sky Sports News that he wants to move into coaching now his playing days are over - with a job at Sussex his ideal position.
Mushtaq ended a 22-year career on Wednesday after a couple of injuries this season meant he could no longer perform at the top level.
After six years with Sussex Mushtaq has become one of the county's best ever players with 598 wickets in all competitions and helping them to three County Championship titles.
After already having a stint as Pakistan assistant coach alongside Bob Woolmer, Mushtaq says that now he wants to try his hand at coaching as his playing days are over.
Mushtaq qill happily take up a coaching role anywhere he can find, but ideally he would like to give something back to Sussex.
"I have to say that now I have another passion and that's coaching, because I had a couple of series with the Pakistan team with Bob Woolmer," Mushtaq told Sky Sports News.
"That was a very good experience and now I have the chance to share my cricket experience I have learned over the years.
"I can pass that on to other players, especially youngsters, anywhere I can get a position I will be happy to give my services to anybody.
"Especially here at Sussex as Sussex is my home so if they want my services I'm here for them."
Mushtaq confirmed that the recent injuries he has suffered meant he could not play at 100 percent and that caused him to call it a day.
"It was time. I had two injuries this season and I thought from a medical point of view I couldn't deliver my best," he added.
"I have always played at my best all me life, I didn't want to play when I was not able to give my best.
"I spoke to my wife and as the pain was there I decided to say goodbye to this part of my life."
Mushtaq does not hide his love of Sussex after thoroughly enjoying his six years at Hove.
"I try to give every enjoyment I can to the people at Sussex," he continued.
"I always hoped to make people happy here at Sussex, I've had a great relationship with all the people at Sussex.
"I don't want to be remembered as a cricketer, I want to be remembered as a person."