Imran to coach

PAKISTAN cricket legend Imran Khan said he would coach young blood to lift national cricket and urged the country to follow Australia's shining example.

"After Pakistan's disappointing performance in the World Cup, a lot of my friends asked me to help Pakistan cricket and despite my commitments in politics I have agreed to help with coaching," Khan said speaking at a launch of regional cricket clinics.

"I want to pay back what this country has given me," said Khan, a Pakistani MP who leads the Movement for Justice party. Pakistan, one of the pre-tournament favourites, failed to go beyond the first round in the World Cup in southern Africa in February-March this year, which was won by Australia.

"Pakistan has a lot of talent but we need to harness that talent like they do in Australia, which has enabled them to rule the cricket world," said Khan, whose 362 wickets in 88 Tests and 182 in 175 one-dayers made him a leading fast bowler in the 1970s and 1980s.