Saqlain Mushtaq, the former Pakistan international, is understood to have been contacted by England as they look to bring in a spin-bowling consultant for the latter half of the summer.

Talks are continuing with the 39-year-old off-spinner, who took 208 wickets in 49 Tests between 1995 and 2004, over a short-term deal, whereby he would join Trevor Bayliss’ side when Pakistan visit England as the second touring side this season.

Saqlain’s appointment would aid Moeen Ali’s development as a spin-bowling all-rounder at international level, even if home conditions will probably dictate a more seam-oriented attack than in the United Arab Emirates last year, which resulted in a 2-0 Test series defeat.

Both Moeen and the leg-spinner Adil Rashid, England’s current frontline pairing for turning pitches, struggled for impact during the Test leg of the tour last November, sharing 17 wickets across the three matches but both going at over four runs an over as Pakistan’s skilled batsmen milked their bowling.

As well as Moeen being able to mine the knowledge of one of the best finger spinners the sport has seen – Saqlain is credited with being one of the pioneers of the doosra delivery that turns away from the right-hander – England’s attack would also hope to pick his brains on ways to counter Misbah-ul-Haq’s batting line-up. (The Guardian)