Australia news July 25, 2012

Waqar Younis misses out on Australia job

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Waqar Younis is no longer in contention to become Australia's new bowling coach after being turned down this week following an interview. Cricket Australia is searching for a replacement for Craig McDermott, who vacated the position in May, and Waqar was keen to take on the position and work with Australia's emerging crop of fast bowlers.

The Tasmania bowling coach Ali de Winter is another contender for the role and was given the chance to audition as the stand-in mentor on the recent one-day tour of England. Interviews for the job did not take place until after the squad returned from that trip and Waqar said on Wednesday he was no longer in the running.

"I was interested but it didn't work out between me and Cricket Australia," Waqar told ESPNcricinfo. "It didn't really work out. They did interview me. I guess what I'm offering and what they're looking at are two different things. I don't know, I haven't really asked them the details but that's how it stands at the moment. It has just been in the last couple of days."

Waqar took 373 Test wickets for Pakistan during a 14-year career and was considered a master exponent of reverse swing, and has since then served as bowling mentor and head coach of Pakistan. Now based in Sydney, Waqar said he remained keen to become involved in coaching in Australia in some capacity.

"I'll probably be looking to get into the system here in Australia and do some work here, maybe with the younger guys," he said. "The whole [Cricket Australia] talk has just finished now so I've probably got to start thinking about different things.

"I'm coaching one of the franchises for the Sri Lankan Premier League and then I've got the Twenty20 World Cup, I'm going to be doing commentary, studio work back in Dubai. I'm pretty full-on in the next few months."

Waqar was the highest-profile candidate to publicly declare his interest in replacing McDermott, who delivered impressive results before quitting after only one year in the job. James Pattinson, one of Australia's most promising young fast bowlers, said during the England tour that he would like a former Test player to be handed the position, but whether that happens remains to be seen.

Brydon Coverdale is an assistant editor at ESPNcricinfo. He tweets here

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  • Vishnu27 on July 27, 2012, 22:13 GMT

    KiwiRocker: are you trolling? Something about your choice of words & sentence structures that have a very un-New Zealand flavour about them.

  • Meety on July 27, 2012, 12:13 GMT

    @KiwiRocker - "...Lets discuss Australian fast bowlers? Well, we can not as none of them is fit." - Yes, but at least none of them are in gaol!

  • lazysnoopy787 on July 26, 2012, 15:01 GMT

    Previously I'd comment how Ali is not suitable for the bowling coach role in an international test team. Given the bowling performance I'd seen in the ODIs I don't think I'm wrong... An bowling coach for an international test team should be someone WITH a successful international career as there's nothing that can replace international match experience. All coaches have similar technical knowledge foundation, but coaches' international match experience allow them to teach players how to handle pressure on-the-field, sledge, read batmens' mind...etc. It's a shame that ACB thinks Waqar Younis is the wrong person for the role... unless of course Glenn McGrath have also applied!

  • 777aditya on July 26, 2012, 14:39 GMT

    Waqar should become Bangladesh or Sri Lanka bowling coach - cant say India because KAPIL IS BACK!!

  • c3vzn on July 26, 2012, 12:34 GMT

    Jason Gillespie needs to get out of his job coaching some county side and apply for bowling coach of Australia. He could also teach a few of the tailenders to score a double hundred.

  • jezzastyles on July 26, 2012, 11:13 GMT

    KiwiRocker - you're right, I can't remember the last test series AUS vs. PAK outside of Australia, it could well be a decade. You make some valid points, but Michael Clarke IS a class batsmen (329*), and a more than decent captain - he'd have to be, to be quietly stringing along several Test wins with such an "ordinary" team. Nathan Lion is a handy spinner at test level with a great deal of potential, and he really hasn't been given much opportunity in the 1-day squad - whom I acknowledge are in real trouble (how they were recently ranked #1 is beyond me). But really - what does a taunt about Thugby Union have to do with a cricket site?? It only serves to highlight your bias.

  • KiwiRocker- on July 26, 2012, 9:05 GMT

    Meety: Its ODI series. The last test series you are referring to in UAE was a decade ago since Australian have been a bad tourist and have not toured Pakistan for more than a decade. A lot has changed since then....Saeed Ajmal has only played handful matches against Australia(test matches), and yes he did not do anything amazing but those were Australian pitches...Saeed Ajmal has bomboozled English batting line up that is three times better than aged, Australian line up! Apart from Ricky Ponting, I do not see anything special in Australian line up. Hussey is on way out and michael Clarke is looking for IPL contracts! Lets discuss Australian fast bowlers? Well, we can not as none of them is fit. What about spinners? Well Australian has none! May be Australia should finally include talented Pakistani Usman Khawjah in squad or else they are increasingly becoming Pakistan's bogey team,e.g World cup 2011....Bit like Australian rugby team that will lose to All Blacks twice a day every day!

  • Meety on July 26, 2012, 8:24 GMT

    @KiwiRocker - Ajmal will have to improve considerably on his current average against Oz to be any sort of threat! Hope for your sake, the test series doesn't end up like the last time Oz played Pakistan in a test series in the UAE, those UAE pitches weren't very friendly to Pakistan!

  • jezzastyles on July 26, 2012, 7:34 GMT

    At the end of the day, the coach (head coach, bowling coach, batting coach, fielding coach, assistant coach, and the list goes on) is NOT the one out there doing the bowling, fielding, or batting. I don't care who the coach is - without the cattle, it is next to impossible to compete against the good sides. Interesting to see that Craig McDermott is seen as the saviour, and Langer as somewhat of a villian. Both players were very good Test players for AUS, with long & decorated careers. But let's face it, McDermott was fortunate - he had the cattle to work with, whereas Langer didn't (and he had veterans like Ponting and Hussey in the side to assist him); good luck to the NEXT batting coach we appoint, he's going to need it. Still, Waqar was a great bowler in his day, back in the early/mid 90's, and he knows all there is to know about pace bowling. Would have been an excellent replacement - seems like CA got it wrong, but we don't have any of the facts/justifications for the decision.

  • Alexk400 on July 26, 2012, 7:20 GMT

    I want Wasim Akram or Aquib Javed to coach indian young bowlers in NCA.

  • Vishnu27 on July 27, 2012, 22:13 GMT

    KiwiRocker: are you trolling? Something about your choice of words & sentence structures that have a very un-New Zealand flavour about them.

  • Meety on July 27, 2012, 12:13 GMT

    @KiwiRocker - "...Lets discuss Australian fast bowlers? Well, we can not as none of them is fit." - Yes, but at least none of them are in gaol!

  • lazysnoopy787 on July 26, 2012, 15:01 GMT

    Previously I'd comment how Ali is not suitable for the bowling coach role in an international test team. Given the bowling performance I'd seen in the ODIs I don't think I'm wrong... An bowling coach for an international test team should be someone WITH a successful international career as there's nothing that can replace international match experience. All coaches have similar technical knowledge foundation, but coaches' international match experience allow them to teach players how to handle pressure on-the-field, sledge, read batmens' mind...etc. It's a shame that ACB thinks Waqar Younis is the wrong person for the role... unless of course Glenn McGrath have also applied!

  • 777aditya on July 26, 2012, 14:39 GMT

    Waqar should become Bangladesh or Sri Lanka bowling coach - cant say India because KAPIL IS BACK!!

  • c3vzn on July 26, 2012, 12:34 GMT

    Jason Gillespie needs to get out of his job coaching some county side and apply for bowling coach of Australia. He could also teach a few of the tailenders to score a double hundred.

  • jezzastyles on July 26, 2012, 11:13 GMT

    KiwiRocker - you're right, I can't remember the last test series AUS vs. PAK outside of Australia, it could well be a decade. You make some valid points, but Michael Clarke IS a class batsmen (329*), and a more than decent captain - he'd have to be, to be quietly stringing along several Test wins with such an "ordinary" team. Nathan Lion is a handy spinner at test level with a great deal of potential, and he really hasn't been given much opportunity in the 1-day squad - whom I acknowledge are in real trouble (how they were recently ranked #1 is beyond me). But really - what does a taunt about Thugby Union have to do with a cricket site?? It only serves to highlight your bias.

  • KiwiRocker- on July 26, 2012, 9:05 GMT

    Meety: Its ODI series. The last test series you are referring to in UAE was a decade ago since Australian have been a bad tourist and have not toured Pakistan for more than a decade. A lot has changed since then....Saeed Ajmal has only played handful matches against Australia(test matches), and yes he did not do anything amazing but those were Australian pitches...Saeed Ajmal has bomboozled English batting line up that is three times better than aged, Australian line up! Apart from Ricky Ponting, I do not see anything special in Australian line up. Hussey is on way out and michael Clarke is looking for IPL contracts! Lets discuss Australian fast bowlers? Well, we can not as none of them is fit. What about spinners? Well Australian has none! May be Australia should finally include talented Pakistani Usman Khawjah in squad or else they are increasingly becoming Pakistan's bogey team,e.g World cup 2011....Bit like Australian rugby team that will lose to All Blacks twice a day every day!

  • Meety on July 26, 2012, 8:24 GMT

    @KiwiRocker - Ajmal will have to improve considerably on his current average against Oz to be any sort of threat! Hope for your sake, the test series doesn't end up like the last time Oz played Pakistan in a test series in the UAE, those UAE pitches weren't very friendly to Pakistan!

  • jezzastyles on July 26, 2012, 7:34 GMT

    At the end of the day, the coach (head coach, bowling coach, batting coach, fielding coach, assistant coach, and the list goes on) is NOT the one out there doing the bowling, fielding, or batting. I don't care who the coach is - without the cattle, it is next to impossible to compete against the good sides. Interesting to see that Craig McDermott is seen as the saviour, and Langer as somewhat of a villian. Both players were very good Test players for AUS, with long & decorated careers. But let's face it, McDermott was fortunate - he had the cattle to work with, whereas Langer didn't (and he had veterans like Ponting and Hussey in the side to assist him); good luck to the NEXT batting coach we appoint, he's going to need it. Still, Waqar was a great bowler in his day, back in the early/mid 90's, and he knows all there is to know about pace bowling. Would have been an excellent replacement - seems like CA got it wrong, but we don't have any of the facts/justifications for the decision.

  • Alexk400 on July 26, 2012, 7:20 GMT

    I want Wasim Akram or Aquib Javed to coach indian young bowlers in NCA.

  • on July 26, 2012, 7:10 GMT

    Well this is for sure that Ausies will have to wait 8 to 10 years more to get back as Champions. They have good batting line up but lack brett lee and mcgrath. And Waqar could have gave them at-least 3,4 Seamers p/year.

  • zenboomerang on July 26, 2012, 5:59 GMT

    Some unusual comments by some... Waqar Younis had his first stint as coach of Pakistan in 2006 then PCB dumped him in 2007, then re-appointed him in 2009... He married an Aussie & home is in Sydney with his family, so his looking for Oz coaching appointments makes sense atm... The problem with being the national coach, is that he would have to give up all his media work (& possible work contracts) immediately upon appointment, so this may have been an issue - Waqar "They did interview me. I guess what I'm offering and what they're looking at are two different things"... Still, I think he has many more opportunities for coaching within the Oz cricket scene - he is such a master craftsman of his trade that I would have liked to see him at the AIS CoE with our youngsters, but McDermott jumped early on that one...

  • DanielNarayan on July 26, 2012, 4:47 GMT

    The Australian Cricket Board seem to have got it wrong here. Admittedly there would have been somewhat of a culture clash but Waqar is an all-time legend who would have had the respect of the Aussie fast bowlers. He also specialises in what the Australian bowling lacks, penetration and swing. An idol of the game onshore and a young and up and coming crop of fast bowlers in need of guidance. Seemed like a good matrch to me.

  • KiwiRocker- on July 26, 2012, 4:46 GMT

    Its a loss for Cricket Australia- Australian team is fully of aged batsmen and wayward bowlers- Look a how they were thrashed by England and next Pakistan will be gearing up to hammer them in Dubai's friendly pitches. Its all a bread and butter stuff for Saeed Ajmal and co...Waqar Younis was so under rated..He had like 373 wickets in 84 odd test matches at an early 20's average. This man was a real legend. I remember his swining bowls that used to curcle like banana..I also remember how he broke Tendulya's nose..This man had a real vicious yorker that was very well controlled. Malinga does posess similar yorker but he is way too wayward with his slingy action. Wawar Younis was the finest bowler from Pakistan after great imran Khan..Wasim Akram's most wickets were largely due to Waqar Younis!

  • waughjunior on July 26, 2012, 1:43 GMT

    Silly move by cricket Australia not to sign him up.

  • Simoc on July 25, 2012, 23:58 GMT

    Simon I can't see Australia wanting a David Saker. He was happy with his bowlers who took two wickets in five days of test cricket. We're after winners. David will come home when he gets sick of the rain.

  • bobagorof on July 25, 2012, 23:34 GMT

    @Babar Abbas Malik: Waqar has already been coach of Pakistan, from March 2010 to August 2011. He was also Bowling Coach from May 2006 to January 2007. So he has 'given back' to Pakistani cricket. If they want him to do more, then they can approach him. Otherwise, let him earn a living wherever he likes.

  • Sussexx on July 25, 2012, 22:37 GMT

    No problem Wacky Bhai, You have Your whole life ahead of You if not as a Coach then deffentiely as a Commentator as You are much educated like Rameez Raja and Imraan Khan. Why don't try some smaller Cricket Teams such as Ireland, Netherlands, Bangladesh or Zimbabwe as they must be hungry to work with You as Your Students, they would thoroughly learn from You and utterly respect You unlike Cricket Australia. Anyways.......... it was deffenitely sad to hear that You have been turned down as a Coach for Cricket Australia. Cricket Australia is very unfortunate to not to have such a Legendary Fast Bowler in the form of Waqar Younis who has over 350 Test and 400 ODIs Wickets under His Belt. Wacky Bhai try to read this and comtemplate on it as I am a great fan of Your fast bowling. Hey all the fans of Waqar Younis, just wish Him a great Luck for the rest of His career both as a Coach and as well as a Commentator. You are a Toe-Crusher, Abdomen-Breaker and a great Rerverse-Swinger of the ball

  • on July 25, 2012, 20:35 GMT

    The Aussies will be after David Saker for sure. They took Troy Cooley off us after all

  • on July 25, 2012, 20:33 GMT

    Dear Waqar Younis

    I am not here to comment on your job loss....i just want to say this thing that u were not waqar younis untill u played for Pakistan at highest level.It was pakistan who gave u name,fame and money.....not Aussies....so dont always be at receiving end all the time...Try to give back something back to pakistan....if u think u are great mentor than come to pakistan and coach the young bowlers of Pakistan....

    Cricinfo please post

  • on July 25, 2012, 19:34 GMT

    Great... Now can the PCB please appoint him as Pakistan's bowling coach before someone else snatches him away??

  • samincolumbia on July 25, 2012, 19:32 GMT

    @Pakfan - Yes, India will appoint Waqar for their bowling coach and will send over Harbhajan to be Pakistan's batting coach. Sweet!!

  • on July 25, 2012, 18:36 GMT

    no doubt waqar iz one the best. but his attitude with shahid afridi bein coach makes him underrated. stilll he is the best. india needs bowling more than anyone else.i am surprised with such a huge population not producing good bowlers

  • Brumby90 on July 25, 2012, 17:37 GMT

    Not sure why teams are obsessed with picking ex international cricketers as coaches. They rarely succeed and it does not mean they can coach. McDermott has done nothing with the current line up as the same basic errors are occuring. Certainly, waqar would have been a far better choice though. But, I get the feeling he says what he thinks and others dont like it. But, maybe thats what Australia needs. To be told a few truths so they will get off their butts and perform.

  • Stark62 on July 25, 2012, 16:53 GMT

    This is PCB's chance!!

    The guy groomed Amir to perfection and had Gul bowling at a world class level but after he left, Gul lost everything and the other bowlers have looked pretty hopeless (bar Junaid).

  • CaptainKool on July 25, 2012, 16:27 GMT

    Good decision by CA. He is not a good coach but bowler. He should help pak bowlers rather.

  • on July 25, 2012, 16:10 GMT

    guys guys ....i think india should approach the great waqar younis iam sure after that indian fast bowling will really world class than...

  • Chirs-Cry on July 25, 2012, 16:02 GMT

    Being an Aussie, I am a bit disappointed. Only a hand full of guys can be considered contenders for our bowling coach over Waqar (Namely Mcgrath, Akram or Pollock?). @Omegazone you are saying that Waqar is not used to overseas condition or he has not been outside Pakistan a lot. Mind you, his family is living in Australia and he (as Pakistani Coach) visited Aus regularly. I believe he was the best candidate currently available for the job! Hopefully CA will appoint someone as good as Waqar.

  • on July 25, 2012, 15:56 GMT

    I'm not sure why CA decided against appointing Waqar. Although great players are not certain to be equally good coaches, yet Waqar had proved what he was capable of by polishing the likes of Amir, Asif, Gul, Junaid, Rana, Shoib and many more....He would have been a great asset for Australia, especially with the next Ashes coming up in England...The Poms are now going to make the competition one-sided, which will ruin the possibility of a great series!

  • on July 25, 2012, 15:56 GMT

    @Omegazone: Waqar lived the formative years of his life outside Pakistan as well so your argument is a bit invalid.

    I think Waqar was the ideal candidate. He has shown through training the current Pakistani bowlers that he can train well and because he was not one of those "put them in the right area" type of bowlers. He knew how to create wickets out of nowhere and that is exactly what is needed from atleast one of the bowlers in an attack. This is exactly what was missing from the English attack in the last test.

    Australians always had and still have those type of bowlers who can create wickets. Like Steyn of SA. By coaching them to "blow in the right areas and wait for batsmen to make mistakes" works for the like of Sehwag but doesn't do much against the SA, English, teams and likes of Dravids and Misbahs. Australians needed a change. Too bad they have gone for the ordinary.

  • Sinhaya on July 25, 2012, 15:56 GMT

    What a big time blunder by Cricket Australia! They are simply missing the know how of one exceptional bowler. I am sure CA will regret it.

  • Syed_imran_abbas on July 25, 2012, 15:42 GMT

    Why dont you work in pakistan. i know you had problems with previous management but this time it should be fine. both wasim and waqar has best age to coach and shine pakistani talent. and there can,t be a better time than now as pakistan is struggling in fast bowling after amir asif gap.

  • on July 25, 2012, 15:28 GMT

    What's the big deal! Such incident happens quite regularly in sports whn ppl apply for coaching positions etc. CA had others options (most likely someone frm their own community). But it doesn't mean, Waqar's credentials was poor compared to other ppl applying for the job. Waqar's stats as a player r there for everyone 2 see n he did well with the Pakistani bowlers; who helped the team win many matches when the batsman performed poorly. In fact, Pakistan reached the semi-final of the last world cup under his guidance. Anyway, Waqar will move on and find another coaching job (if he desires!).

    @Omega. Try to think before you place your comment. Waqar has been living in Aussie for many years nw. Also, it's not an individuals nationality, which determines whether they succeed or not. It's their coaching skills, communicating with players from different background n management skills. John Wright did well with India, n he was not from South Africa. G. Chappell is also famous in India, lol

  • Dhumper on July 25, 2012, 15:28 GMT

    So I guess going by his words - what he is offering that is the best reverse swing technique, ability to get wickets even at dead pitches and make the batsman dance are different that what they want i.e ....eh?? Poor decision CA! PCB get him back and make him work on Junaid and Gul and some new talent before any one else snatches him!

  • on July 25, 2012, 15:26 GMT

    Disappointing! Was looking forward to Waqar being their coach since the Aussies have a very exciting young pool of fast bowlers coming up. Who knows may be Waqar would have successfully produced the most lethal fast bowling combo ever with such talent. Best of luck to Waqar and the Aussies.

  • on July 25, 2012, 15:25 GMT

    i dont want to be skeptical of his achievements but during his stint as head coach of Pakistan, no fast bowling talent was identified or even groomed.... he was a grt bowler but aint tht good coach..

  • malik770 on July 25, 2012, 15:23 GMT

    waqar come back and helpl pakistan bowlers.

  • on July 25, 2012, 14:37 GMT

    CA are certifiably insane. Waqar is one of the greatest fast bowlers of all time...and we will appoint someone with no track record and no clue. Great job.

  • on July 25, 2012, 14:02 GMT

    Playing cricket as bowler and doing commentary is other things and coaching the sides which have the great players like ponting are two different things and CA has good observation for that. I think he fit only for the SPL.

  • batnpad on July 25, 2012, 13:38 GMT

    @Sandmate: MRF is at Chennai not B'lore.

  • on July 25, 2012, 13:36 GMT

    I am honestly shocked. He was a critical player in rebuilding Pakistan's resurgence in the past few years, what he did for us was apparent in Pakistan's on field performances and lack of off field headlines.

  • avmd on July 25, 2012, 13:32 GMT

    Good news, some of those new aussies fast bowlers are so talented and young, Waqar would have made them a real threat for the batsmen from other teams, less likley now, sigh of relief. Aussies will be struggling now.

  • keptalittlelow on July 25, 2012, 12:44 GMT

    Only CA know why Waqar was not good enough, a man with the best Test strike rate among those who took more than 300 wickts (43.4), the next best is Malcolm Marshall (46.7).

  • unregisteredalien on July 25, 2012, 12:20 GMT

    Lots of emotion on display here, and fair enough. Waqar was an exhilarating cricketer to watch. However, great talent and a successful playing career don't necessarily make a great coach. Is he more his own superstar than a maker of superstars? What seems more clear to me, though, is that it came down to cultural differences. These are not necessarily personal or race-related, but they can be fundamental, disruptive and difficult to overcome. De Winter doesn't inspire and I'm hopeful that a dark horse candidate, who is a former Test player, will soon be announced to our surprise and delight - as was McDermott.

  • farazali89 on July 25, 2012, 12:15 GMT

    Waqar did help in the development of Amir, Gul, Rana; and helped with Akhtar's shortened runup without dropping his speed. The guy knew what he was doing, CA has missed out I feel, it was pretty much a no-brainer.

  • on July 25, 2012, 12:10 GMT

    Go to new Zealand waqar. Just what they need since they lost Donald

  • Naresh28 on July 25, 2012, 12:10 GMT

    BCCI should approach a Pakistani to lift their pace bowling department.

  • wah_uae on July 25, 2012, 12:02 GMT

    Bad luck for waqar, good luck for pakistan, pakistan still looking for a bowling coach

  • Sandmate on July 25, 2012, 11:32 GMT

    Pigeon for Coach!! He was one of the best bowlers for all formats & conditions (even T20, saw him deliver results for Delhi Daredevils in first couple of IPL editions). Should make an excellent mentor for young & aspiring pace bowlers. Else, how about Lillee, he's done amazing job at MRF Cricket Academy in B'lore.

  • on July 25, 2012, 11:30 GMT

    Bad Luck for the Aussies. It's one of the very few bad decisions CA's has ever made.

  • SulT29 on July 25, 2012, 11:09 GMT

    A very dedicated, honest player and more than that an amazing bowler even after injury. Perhaps CA will find a replacement but it cannot be of the same quality and experienced as Waqar. I'm sure he wont have any issues coaching any other country. Best of luck Wiks!

  • Srikee1987 on July 25, 2012, 11:08 GMT

    @Ravi Darira Thats very rightly said... Indian bowling line up is clueless at the moment.

  • jmcilhinney on July 25, 2012, 11:05 GMT

    Like many others, I'd be interested to know more of the details but I doubt that we ever will. From the outside, he does seem a pretty good fit. With so many young and promising bowlers around the national team and given that it seems that McDermott was able to make a real difference in the position, it seems imperative that Australia get the right man into that job.

  • Meety on July 25, 2012, 10:51 GMT

    Like to know more about the decision was made. Did Waqar get culled from the list, or have they already got someone. Seems odd timing for the announcement. Maybe they couldn't see eye to eye on the terms? Dunno. Whilst I never had a problem with de Winter getting a crack BEFORE the ODI tour, you'd have to have a rosey perception on life to think the ODI tour was a success for Oz & then by association de Winter. So as of now, I am hoping de Winter will be back with Tassie & someone else gets the gig. I said back when Craig Mac resigned, we don't have to get a F/Time Bowling coach. Bring in consultants on a needs basis & let the Head Coach (Arthurs) work out strategy. P/Time or short term consultants, would allow Oz to adress skills shortages. It could mean Lyon could get tutoring before Oz tour India next year, or Siddle & Hilfy get some specific skils prior to the next Ashes in England.

  • jonesy2 on July 25, 2012, 10:50 GMT

    i dont understand how CA could not go with him, it seems perfect, based in sydney, wants to work with the aussie bowlers and is a legend of test cricket

  • on July 25, 2012, 10:34 GMT

    Thats unbelievable! Aussie bowlers would have become vindictive and unplayable, had Waqar been coaching them! Thats ridiculous! He could figure out their discrepancies in Sub Continent conditions. I'm damn sure CA would regret that....

  • RandyOZ on July 25, 2012, 10:32 GMT

    Big blow for the Aussies. Waqar would've been a great choice. Pretty poor excuses by McDermott in my opinion.

  • IdleSpectator on July 25, 2012, 10:32 GMT

    Is Glen McGrath a suitable alternative?

  • on July 25, 2012, 10:15 GMT

    CA owes us fans an explanation!!

  • on July 25, 2012, 10:03 GMT

    Terrible decision to scrap Waqar so early in the process. In my eyes was the best candidate, and who has been publicly declaring his desire to coach in Australia for some time now... It confirms my original thoughts that CA had gone back to it's old ways of before the Argus review and have all along been planing to appoint Ali de Winter as McDermott's successor. It would seem that was purely a 'courtesy' interview given to Waqar out of respect, which ironically is one of the most disrespectful things they could have done! The sooner we replace James Sutherland and his archaic ways or hiring and firing staff the better! - If it weren't for the Argus review we would still be sitting here listening to him saying what a wonderful job Hilditch is currently doing... RANT OVER.

    PS. @Ramsespd - De Winter never played 1 test for Australia - He only played 21 first class games for Tasmania

  • PeterLaunnie on July 25, 2012, 9:54 GMT

    I want a statement from CA as well......Transparency please John....If you don't want Waqar what is Australia looking for? Someone who doesn't know how to bowl reverse swing????? Maybe hire Waqar as the batting coach to teach our guys how to play it....

  • on July 25, 2012, 9:51 GMT

    Bad Luck for Waqar, keep it up & hard work

  • on July 25, 2012, 9:23 GMT

    Australia will regret when they will get to know what they have lost.

  • on July 25, 2012, 9:06 GMT

    It's hard to imagine why someone of his unique skills wouldn't be snapped up by any cricket board.

  • ziggy500 on July 25, 2012, 9:04 GMT

    i find this to be the stupidest decision ca have made. i dare say he would have done better than mcdermott, not because of his high profile, but because of his acheivment as a coach. e.g. bringing back pakistan from the dead to one of the most feared teams.

  • vibes__ on July 25, 2012, 8:59 GMT

    CA has really missed out a true fast bowling exponent ... Australian bowling attack these days looks listless as they struggle to get the opposition out specially in foreign conditions ... Waqar Younis could have been a great coach for them ...

  • yorkslanka on July 25, 2012, 8:45 GMT

    poor decision for Aus,Waqar was a legend and would have enabled any bowlers he coached..please come and coach our SL bowlers Waqar as we need the produce a genuine quick to replace malinga in time..

  • K.A.K on July 25, 2012, 8:43 GMT

    Too expensive (or too busy) for Australians eh!

  • Ramsespd on July 25, 2012, 8:42 GMT

    He was the obvious choice for the role. What will happen now? de Winter will probably get the gig. After his audition in England recently where we saw the worst bowling performance from the Aussies in over 12 months he should not be considered. If Cricket Australia are serious about being world class we need to have a world class coach with International experience. Preferably extensive experience, not some dud who played one test for Australia. Otherwise it will be another Tim Nielson/Troy Cooley debacle...

  • ozjosh on July 25, 2012, 8:20 GMT

    Typically inexplicable decision by the ACB. Who better to nuture the exciting crop of young quicks coming through than the King of fast bowling himself? They'll end up settling for some rubbish former sheffield shield player who has no international experience whatsoever.

  • JBerger on July 25, 2012, 8:01 GMT

    Wao, how could they turn down such a prospect. It certainly would have been a great combo between Australian assembly lime & a great swinger as a mentor. Well the loss is certainly not Waqar's. Hope to see him in some high profile position. Good Luck Wiki.

  • on July 25, 2012, 8:00 GMT

    I think afridi clash made him underrated...coach otherwise he was ultimate choice for any board

  • _AMK on July 25, 2012, 7:59 GMT

    Wasim, Waqar, McGrath, Walsh, Bishop. CA should get someone of this caliber as bowling coach. Bowlers are really struggling and a high profile coach is needed please!

  • on July 25, 2012, 7:55 GMT

    Meh, it's a loss for Cricket Australia. Pakistan have won significant number of matches in the last few years and it was mainly due to their bowlers, who vastly improved under Waqar's guidance. Anyway, all the best to Waqar. The man is a legend and one of the greats of the game.

  • Chuckworth on July 25, 2012, 7:55 GMT

    Cricket Australia owes an explanation to every cricket follower in Australia as to why it effectively rejected Waqar's candidacy without even identifying and interviewing any alternative candidate, let alone a superior one (if such a person even exists).

  • on July 25, 2012, 7:50 GMT

    how about the bowling coach job of India, if there are any bowlers who need coaching, its ours...

  • Abdurrazaaq on July 25, 2012, 7:46 GMT

    With the battery of young talented Autralia has at a moment, Waqar would have worked wonders(like he did with quite a few pakistani quicks.

  • on July 25, 2012, 7:42 GMT

    Thats definitely a really sad decision. I don't know what the current CA officialis are thinking, but he is one of the best bowler-coach available right now...

  • MAK123 on July 25, 2012, 7:36 GMT

    May be the panel of interviewers also included someone from the HR profession, who either did not like Waqar's English (he says to much 'fair enough') or he could not give specific answers to specific questions in a fitting way, again a language issue. CA should understand that such high profile specialized jobs should not involve typical interviews. And Waqar should work more on his language skills rather than working too hard on the Australian accent. After all, he is a born-in-Vihari boy not someone coming from the Australian outback

  • on July 25, 2012, 7:34 GMT

    CA missed a gem................................................

  • on July 25, 2012, 7:34 GMT

    Cricket Australia & Australian missed Waqar...... not Waqar missed Cricket Australia...

  • on July 25, 2012, 7:29 GMT

    Waqar is very experience bowler and super star don't know why AUS cric did, waqar no doubt is superb in his career any team can get benefit from him. =

  • Ozcricketwriter on July 25, 2012, 7:29 GMT

    Nooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo!

  • alikhan224 on July 25, 2012, 7:22 GMT

    Well even being a pakistani, i must say that CA is very lucky not to have a show-off person like waqar younis as their coach...waqar has been one of those persons who would dictate things rather than listen to ur thoughts...he has been serving as pakistani coach but he was never a friendly person with the players and a very interfering kind of a character...such persons can work in countries like pakistan but the aussies have surely different ideas..my suggestion to waqar is to keep on doing commentary and leave the coaching job to others.

  • straight_drive4 on July 25, 2012, 6:57 GMT

    horrible news... whats there not to like?

  • on July 25, 2012, 6:53 GMT

    Waqar certainly knows his stuff, would have been interesting to be a fly on ther wall during the talks.

    I hope they interview Wasim Akram for the job. Equally knowledgable, perhaps even more so.

  • srriaj317 on July 25, 2012, 6:50 GMT

    Pah, these selectors are still the same and won't learn! Langer and de Winter didn't exactly set the world on fire as we see in the last 4-0 ODI thrashing...can't believe Langer is still getting paid to write moot talk columns on CA's website

  • on July 25, 2012, 6:48 GMT

    sorry ca,,but you have missed out, waqar will move on to bigger and better things,

  • sherishahmir on July 25, 2012, 6:44 GMT

    Sad news anyway for ACB, Waqar and us!

  • anver777 on July 25, 2012, 6:33 GMT

    Aus's fast bowling struggles big time these days, so can't understand why they rejected the services of a vastly experienced bowler like Waqar... certainly the ideal man to replace McDermott !!!!!!!

  • on July 25, 2012, 6:27 GMT

    The Headline should be " Australia misses out on Waqar's services" instead of Waqar Younis misses out on Australia job.

  • on July 25, 2012, 6:26 GMT

    It will be great if Waqar decides to coach Pakistan once again (as a bowling coach). Because he did a wonderful job with the bowlers, who have been performing very well for a consistent period. Anyway, all the best to Waqar. I mainly started playing Cricket after watching his wonderful bowling performance. He was easily one of the best and most exciting fast bowlers in world cricket.

  • on July 25, 2012, 6:26 GMT

    They missed a real champion and legend.......

  • on July 25, 2012, 6:22 GMT

    PCB should get his services. bowlers are not performing well. waqar can fine tune the young bowlers as well.

  • Buckers410 on July 25, 2012, 6:20 GMT

    That's a pity. He would have been great for Australia. But hopefully we can find someone who is experienced in the job. Jason Gillespie would have a good choice for coach. J pattinson is right in saying that he wants a former test bowler as the coach.

  • welly1 on July 25, 2012, 6:14 GMT

    Oh dear, they need an experienced quick to take these guys

  • on July 25, 2012, 6:10 GMT

    really bad move CA waqar was a jet!! I though CA was on the right path! but now I see, we are going to keep putting mediocre people in very important positions.

  • on July 25, 2012, 6:05 GMT

    Well, that's dissappointing. I'd like to here the reasoning behind it. You can't tell me he's not 'qualified'. The young Aussie blokes could value a guy like Waqar immeasurably.

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  • on July 25, 2012, 6:05 GMT

    Well, that's dissappointing. I'd like to here the reasoning behind it. You can't tell me he's not 'qualified'. The young Aussie blokes could value a guy like Waqar immeasurably.

  • on July 25, 2012, 6:10 GMT

    really bad move CA waqar was a jet!! I though CA was on the right path! but now I see, we are going to keep putting mediocre people in very important positions.

  • welly1 on July 25, 2012, 6:14 GMT

    Oh dear, they need an experienced quick to take these guys

  • Buckers410 on July 25, 2012, 6:20 GMT

    That's a pity. He would have been great for Australia. But hopefully we can find someone who is experienced in the job. Jason Gillespie would have a good choice for coach. J pattinson is right in saying that he wants a former test bowler as the coach.

  • on July 25, 2012, 6:22 GMT

    PCB should get his services. bowlers are not performing well. waqar can fine tune the young bowlers as well.

  • on July 25, 2012, 6:26 GMT

    They missed a real champion and legend.......

  • on July 25, 2012, 6:26 GMT

    It will be great if Waqar decides to coach Pakistan once again (as a bowling coach). Because he did a wonderful job with the bowlers, who have been performing very well for a consistent period. Anyway, all the best to Waqar. I mainly started playing Cricket after watching his wonderful bowling performance. He was easily one of the best and most exciting fast bowlers in world cricket.

  • on July 25, 2012, 6:27 GMT

    The Headline should be " Australia misses out on Waqar's services" instead of Waqar Younis misses out on Australia job.

  • anver777 on July 25, 2012, 6:33 GMT

    Aus's fast bowling struggles big time these days, so can't understand why they rejected the services of a vastly experienced bowler like Waqar... certainly the ideal man to replace McDermott !!!!!!!

  • sherishahmir on July 25, 2012, 6:44 GMT

    Sad news anyway for ACB, Waqar and us!