Atiq uz Zaman is a highly respected figure in the world of cricket, known for his vast experience in coaching and deep understanding of the game. Throughout his career, he has held a variety of positions, including serving as the ex-lead wicket-keeping and fielding coach of the National High-Performance Centre at PCB, head of cricket at St. Joseph College, and owner of AUZ Sports Academy Ltd. At present, he is working as a batting scout for England and England Lions, as well as the head of cricket at St Joseph’s College in Ipswich.
Recently, there were talks of Atiq becoming the coach of Hong Kong Cricket, but the deal did not materialize. Nevertheless, reliable sources like Khelshel have reported that Atiq will be accepting a coaching contract with Germany cricket. Despite his impressive achievements, Atiq has faced challenges in the Pakistani cricket system and has not received proper recognition from the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB).
Atiq has also made significant contributions to cricket in Pakistan. He has developed SSGC into a top-class cricket team at the national level and formulated many youth male and female players who are now playing at an elite level in Pakistan, Lancashire, or other counties. He has also played a pivotal role in the success of Sui Southern Gas Company (SSGC), Lahore Qalandars and Lancashire Cricket.
Despite his achievements, Atiq has faced challenges in the Pakistani cricket system. He previously resigned from his position at the National High-Performance Centre due to a lack of progress in making improvements. Recently, the newly-appointed chairman of the PCB, Najam Sethi, has prioritized foreign coaches, stating that local coaches are not “enough qualified” for the job. However, Atiq and his wife disagree with this statement, with his wife highlighting his qualifications and experience as a Pakistani coach.
In a statement, Atiq’s wife said, “Isn’t this the coach that was given the option to resign from the woman’s team or be sacked previously due to mental health problems that PCB found out about, and he was banned from coaching in his own country due to these reasons. Mr Najam has said he needs qualified level four coaches. Here is a perfect match for what you’re looking for. Mr Atiq uz Zaman. Have you seen his CV? He’s level 4, MA in sports coaching, Lancashire women’s and men’s coach, ECB Scout, coached at PCB; what else he needs.”
In conclusion, Atiq’s extensive experience and knowledge of the game, along with his track record of developing young talent, make him a valuable asset to any cricket team or organization. Despite facing challenges in the Pakistani cricket system, his contributions to the sport should not be overlooked. His hiring by a reputable board like ECB serves as a testament to his capabilities as a coach and his potential as a valuable resource in the field of cricket coaching.