Former Pakistan fast bowler Wasim Akram has criticised the PCB's decision to give new head coach Moin Khan a two-month contract, calling it a 'joke' and saying he should be in the job for at least two years.

Khan was given the job ahead of Wasim's former pace partner Waqar Younis, but was only handed the job till the end of the World Twenty20 in March, and Wasim was upset by this, saying foreign coaches always got longer deals.

Akram told Gulf News: "I have been hearing that they are offering a two-month contract for Moin Khan and that is very upsetting.

"When you can offer two-year contracts for foreign coaches, offering your own coach a contract of just two months is not good. Which coach can make a difference in two months?

"I feel it is a wrong thinking by the board. They have come up with the argument that they don't have cricket for five months but in those five months, Moin Khan can actually channelise his players.

"He can go to different cities and see first-class matches. Offering a two-month contract is a joke."

Speaking of searching for new talent, Akram commented on the current Under 19 World Cup, and said it was a valuable event, and wished the PCB paid more attention to the development of the game at home.

He said: "Having no international matches in Pakistan has affected junior cricket, but thankfully we have now got a chairman [Najam Sethi] who can actually plan for the next two years.

"If you look at any country, be it India, South Africa or Australia, they concentrate a lot on Under-19 cricket and also focus a lot on A-team tours. Pakistan hardly concentrates on that and that is where the trouble lies.

"The talent is very much there. I have been travelling throughout the length and breadth of Pakistan and you can see cricket being played day in and day out everywhere but we need to channel that talent."