Cricket fans rejoice! We have our first World Champion cricketer on the ‘Best in the World with Richard Parr’.

Aaqib Javed was a bowler in Pakistan’s successful 1992 World Cup campaign. 

He used that experience to help the Pakistan under 19 team win the U-19 World Cup in 2004 as their coach. He was also part of the coaching team when Pakistan won the T20 World Cup in 2009.

Aaqib is currently the head coach of the UAE’s national team but on the podcast hints he plans to leave the post soon.

He tells Richard about Imran Khan’s influence as captain of the 1992 World Cup team and his rivalry with Waqar Younis and Wasim Akram.

Aaqib talks about the importance of believing in yourself, being in a good rhythm and having a role model.

Richard gets Aaqib’s thoughts on ball tampering, whether Test cricket can return to Pakistan soon and the current global landscape of the sport.