Pakistan news August 20, 2011

Waqar Younis resigns as Pakistan coach

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Waqar Younis has resigned as Pakistan coach citing personal reasons that include his and his wife's health. The upcoming tour of Zimbabwe will be his last assignment with the national team.

"I have tendered my resignation to the [Pakistan Cricket] board last week and the tour to Zimbabwe will be my last," Waqar Younis said at a press conference in Karachi. "I have taken this decision on personal grounds, including medical grounds, and have no differences with anyone and my resignation has been accepted by the board.

"Had everything in my personal life -- that is, my wife's health and my own -- been all right, I would not have taken this decision. But I do not want to fail to do the job justice because of the personal problems on my mind."

Waqar, 39, took over as coach of the national side in March 2010 in the aftermath of the disastrous tour of Australia on which Pakistan failed to win a single game. He replaced Intikhab Alam and his stint coincided with another turbulent phase for Pakistan cricket. The spot-fixing controversy erupted during the tour of England and the wicketkeeper, Zulqarnain Haider, fled to London while Pakistan was involved in a series against South Africa in the UAE. Prior to the World Cup, where his team reached the semi-final, Waqar oversaw a successful tour of New Zealand, where Pakistan won both the Test and ODI series.

Waqar described his tenure as coach as a "rollercoaster" and claimed his side was shocked when told that he'll be stepping down. "It was a roller coaster for me, with a lot of controversies including the spot-fixing scandal, but I am proud of the fact that all these young boys have carried on the good work despite these problems.

"I only told the players on Saturday morning, and they were shocked because until today the matter was between me and the PCB, but I am sure that this young team will do well in future."

The PCB spokesman Nadeem Sarwar said: ""The PCB has accepted his resignation and understands his personal reasons. His tenure was good and we wish him the best in his future."

Waqar's most recent major assignment was the tour of the West Indies where Pakistan drew the Test series and won the ODI series but it was marred by his differences with then limited-overs captain Shahid Afridi over discipline and team selection that ultimately led to Afridi's retirement from international cricket. However, Waqar claimed his resignation had nothing to do with what transpired during the West Indies tour.

Ijaz Ahmed, the former Pakistan captain, who took over as batting and fielding coach at the same time as Waqar was appointed head coach, was appointed assistant coach for the tour of Zimbabwe. The PCB are yet to name a replacement for Waqar.

The tour of Zimbabwe begins on August 28 and includes one practice game, one Test, three ODIs and two Twenty20 internationals.

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  • on August 22, 2011, 22:21 GMT

    I think Imran Khan should quit politics and take over

  • on August 22, 2011, 4:46 GMT

    He is the man hats off we will miss u waqar

  • starsgap1986 on August 22, 2011, 4:15 GMT

    Shoaib Malik is the main reason , he was the one who started the divide in the team, who turned half the team against Afridi as a Test captain, and then he is back. Waqar said he has had it,,

  • m.zubair_acca on August 22, 2011, 4:12 GMT

    What about the Great Saeed Anwar??? In my point of view one of the best batsman and batting brain Pak has ever produced, but i think may be he too will not be ready to caoch under this management...

  • on August 22, 2011, 1:37 GMT

    Waqar Younis resigns as Pakistan coach ... Yes, "for the first time". After 2 or 3 series, he will again become coach and afridi will be captain. 2 series later, kamran akmal will be captain and coach and he will be dropped next series ... LOL pak cricket, never short of fun as far as random retirements are concerned.

  • Afgunz4Lyfe on August 21, 2011, 18:12 GMT

    Wasim Akram is the ideal coach for Pakistan team but he wouldnt want to coach unless he is given total autonomy. During his reign as captain Pakistan were at there most united, all the players respect him also plus he is going to be huge asset to pakistani bowlers. Pakistan's bread and butter.

  • on August 21, 2011, 15:47 GMT

    guys wow, you comments are 100% true...

  • K.A.K on August 21, 2011, 14:18 GMT

    If he had to go, better timing would been right after WI tour and Afridi did not had to resign. Now we have lost both Afridi and Waqar. Wishing him and his family good health and peace.

  • on August 21, 2011, 11:53 GMT

    Job well done Waqar, we wish you best of luck and i hope your roads will cross will Pakistan cricket in near future. You are truly an asset.

  • on August 21, 2011, 11:16 GMT

    Now the new coach will be Ijazz butt along with extra charge of Captain of the team too

  • on August 22, 2011, 22:21 GMT

    I think Imran Khan should quit politics and take over

  • on August 22, 2011, 4:46 GMT

    He is the man hats off we will miss u waqar

  • starsgap1986 on August 22, 2011, 4:15 GMT

    Shoaib Malik is the main reason , he was the one who started the divide in the team, who turned half the team against Afridi as a Test captain, and then he is back. Waqar said he has had it,,

  • m.zubair_acca on August 22, 2011, 4:12 GMT

    What about the Great Saeed Anwar??? In my point of view one of the best batsman and batting brain Pak has ever produced, but i think may be he too will not be ready to caoch under this management...

  • on August 22, 2011, 1:37 GMT

    Waqar Younis resigns as Pakistan coach ... Yes, "for the first time". After 2 or 3 series, he will again become coach and afridi will be captain. 2 series later, kamran akmal will be captain and coach and he will be dropped next series ... LOL pak cricket, never short of fun as far as random retirements are concerned.

  • Afgunz4Lyfe on August 21, 2011, 18:12 GMT

    Wasim Akram is the ideal coach for Pakistan team but he wouldnt want to coach unless he is given total autonomy. During his reign as captain Pakistan were at there most united, all the players respect him also plus he is going to be huge asset to pakistani bowlers. Pakistan's bread and butter.

  • on August 21, 2011, 15:47 GMT

    guys wow, you comments are 100% true...

  • K.A.K on August 21, 2011, 14:18 GMT

    If he had to go, better timing would been right after WI tour and Afridi did not had to resign. Now we have lost both Afridi and Waqar. Wishing him and his family good health and peace.

  • on August 21, 2011, 11:53 GMT

    Job well done Waqar, we wish you best of luck and i hope your roads will cross will Pakistan cricket in near future. You are truly an asset.

  • on August 21, 2011, 11:16 GMT

    Now the new coach will be Ijazz butt along with extra charge of Captain of the team too

  • on August 21, 2011, 9:27 GMT

    indian players never resings whatever happen to their perfomence look tendulkar he is never goin to retire he make runs or not...on the other side we had mhhmd yousuf if he played matches d amount of maches tendulkar played he shall be also scored 50centuries esily bt becouse of ejaz butt he has to retire so d moral of d story iz ejaz butt iz d biggest enemy of pakistan....wat u think guyis

  • on August 21, 2011, 9:03 GMT

    it waz a gud stuff by waqar younis....now i m hoping izaz butt to do d same....tha it all will be ok...

  • luvPaKcric4ever on August 21, 2011, 9:02 GMT

    First Afridi and then Waqar. Pak cricket is finished.

  • azhar_hassan on August 21, 2011, 8:08 GMT

    It saddens me to see another great cricketer distance himself from Pakistan cricket. Waqar was a great bowler for Pakistan and a good coach. But we treat our best with utter disdain and force them to leave even when they try to help. There are differences in every team but why does it HAVE to end in resignations all the time. This is just not on. And the good for nothing people that really NEED to leave will be smiling in their cozy positions.

  • johnathonjosephs on August 21, 2011, 7:27 GMT

    Honestly Waqar/Shahid was never gonna work. On one side you have a control freak who wants everything planned out and accordingly and the other a BOY who goes without gameplan and just wings it. Afridi's "plan" in the WC Semi of having Misbah be the rock and everybody else slog themselves to kingdom come was a huge failure and Boom Boom Afridi really needs to get mature. Waqar is a world class and in my books one of the best bowlers of all time. Pakistan you just lost the best bowling coach you could have had. Next best (in terms of coaching) would be Imran or Wasim but I highly doubt they want to give back to the team. Wasim/IMran have washed their hands with the matter and want no more with the controversial Pak team. Only Waqar was decent enough to help out and now as a begger, pakistan has thrown away their gold coin in hopes of finding a diamond on the ground.

  • Fazeelasif on August 21, 2011, 7:20 GMT

    Our whole cricket is finished

  • on August 21, 2011, 6:45 GMT

    very good it will be better for Pakistan...

  • D206 on August 21, 2011, 6:32 GMT

    I think he's leaving with dignity and a good record ... the team showed guts and aggression during his and afridi's tenure ... he may not be the greatest mind in the game but surely has one of the greatest attitudes in the game ever .... thanks for the memories waqar bhai and good luck

  • PKcric4evr on August 21, 2011, 6:05 GMT

    finally hes gone...he did well tho...now we just need ijaz butt to leave and all will be settled

  • Rolling_in_The_Deep on August 21, 2011, 5:47 GMT

    Come on people.. let forget conspiracy theories for once.. Waqar is suffering from a liver disease and he needs a break.. As coach he has done a great job when the chips were down he rose to the ocassion.. with very limited resources, a broken team playing on foreign soils, he made them work harder and shown good results..

  • OutCast on August 21, 2011, 5:45 GMT

    I dunno how many people noticed my posting: as soon as Waqar was hired I posted" heads up- look for the next coach" I knew it is like Pam Anderson-Kid Rock fling... Pakistan cricket is more entertaining than Comedy Central.

  • getsetgopk on August 21, 2011, 5:44 GMT

    Two more things that would make it a perfect Eid gift for all Pakistanis, Remove Ijaz BUTT and bring back AFRIDI!!!!!!!!!

  • on August 21, 2011, 5:14 GMT

    A BIG LOSS for PCT!!! :-(

  • on August 21, 2011, 3:46 GMT

    Waqar is no mug, he is negotiating a lucrative deal with India to be their bowling coach. Watch out

  • fanonfire on August 21, 2011, 1:26 GMT

    comeon guys stop your nasty comments... he had some tests b4 joining pak team in july which has now revealed that he is on brink of have liver cancer or something and he needs to do something urgent about it.....

  • starsgap1986 on August 21, 2011, 0:37 GMT

    Shoaib Malik in, Waqar Out!!!!

  • Asmax on August 20, 2011, 23:52 GMT

    A wonderful cricketer and a servant of Pakistan cricket, I just login to see Ind/Eng score and saw this news ,,sad,,,,,. We certainly don't deserve people like Wiqi, I wish him all the best,,, maybe Rehman Malik should be given the job! Asif

  • Whisperofdeath on August 20, 2011, 23:48 GMT

    Hats off to Waqar great tenure as coach. The great thing is PCB has a chance to change the set up as they did in Australia. Bring coach and captain into the selection business...

  • on August 20, 2011, 23:41 GMT

    well i think its all politics rather than waqar,s personal prblems. anyway,its gud 4 afridi

  • yamin101 on August 20, 2011, 23:32 GMT

    @Shazshaz ........ agree whatever u said about Shahid Afridi " Shahid Afridi is good crickter and good captain but he is not getting mature. I personally thinks it's over for him the way he behaves and react at time people get shock."

  • on August 20, 2011, 23:12 GMT

    Captains may come and go but Kamran Akmal stayed forever. Even while he is on vacation, his brother is keeping his seat warm. The same way coaches may come and go, but Intikhab Alam will stay forever. Ejaz Butt came with Asif Zardari and will go if and when Zardari goes.

  • on August 20, 2011, 22:13 GMT

    chalo great no captain and now coach , Pakistan cricket represents true picture of Pakistan politics.

  • Shazshaz on August 20, 2011, 22:08 GMT

    Guys what happened to you. Waqar is a legend good crickter, good captain and good coach. The circumstances he took over the team did an excellent job and you guys will know the reason why he left the job. Secondly Shahid Afridi is good crickter and good captain but he is not getting mature. I personally thinks it's over for him the way he behaves and react at time people get shock. Just give me one reason why should he be in the team looking at his recent performance. As a bowler or a batsman or a fielder. Unfortunately our country is in mess and cricket is same but whatever good people we have around are leaving also. It's very sad Waqar was one of those few good people. I think you guys are happy with intikhab alam and Ijaz butt that's why criticizing Waqar. Please think twice saying bad about Waqar and even thinking of bringing Afridi back after the way he left. Now you will get one third ratedcoach because the way Waqar is treated recently no one will like to take this position

  • on August 20, 2011, 20:57 GMT

    with the way this pcb is running things i dont think no one would wanna take the place of waqar younis so the best thing would be kick out ijaz butt and then call some foreign coach like dav whatmore who could really uplift this team pakistan. I hope to see another article like this with the name changed from waqar to butt sooon! :)

  • on August 20, 2011, 20:38 GMT

    A series of misfortune ... lets see who come's next ... and play what game with pakistan cricket.

  • ABRAR-JANJUA on August 20, 2011, 20:03 GMT

    very funny comments by some people who even don't know about cricket...

  • ACHILLES_FZX on August 20, 2011, 20:03 GMT

    There is never a dull moment in Pakistan cricket

  • on August 20, 2011, 19:49 GMT

    Thanks Waqar for Ur Services, U been a legend & an Icon as a Player.. Did well as a Coach but i believe it was never Ur peace of Cake.. You were being autocratic and wanted to run the show on ur own which i guess u might not have allowed any other coach in ur days as captain and infact wich shudnt be the case. We lost Afridi due to your attitude and incompetent PCB's policies. Please dont play with Pakistan's Cricket. Ijaz Butt & Co Shud also resign and get the hell out of PCB.

  • shamlaatu on August 20, 2011, 19:45 GMT

    @Arunish Ajay Srivastava Isn't current series of Test Cricket Comedy between England and India more amusing?

  • shamlaatu on August 20, 2011, 19:40 GMT

    A very good pace bowler in his days,,,, a bad captain and an absolute horrible coach. Good riddance.

  • on August 20, 2011, 19:21 GMT

    please call Afridi back.. and Wasim Akram as a coach !!!

  • on August 20, 2011, 19:11 GMT

    Everything is fine but I need to say that the doors for Shahid Afridi should be wide opened so that he can entertain some cricket fans all over the world by his aggressive shots and by the way, I am an Indian but a crazy fan of all-round performance of Afridi.

  • on August 20, 2011, 19:07 GMT

    kash k ijaz butt b resign deta........gd news

  • on August 20, 2011, 18:51 GMT

    Very good sign for Pakistan Cricket and ofcourse for Shahid Afridi fans. Waqar not like Afridi due to the team performances in World Cup all credit was goes to Shahid Afridi even people not mention coach name thats y he is fuming over Shahid Afridi.

  • harshizzle5 on August 20, 2011, 18:44 GMT

    Why not Shane Warne? He could work wonders with the Pakistani spinners.

  • Kak-mal_Khan on August 20, 2011, 18:44 GMT

    I have a suggestion to PCB within the current climate of Pakistani cricket - why not set-up a Pakistan base for your offices and players and coaches training facility in a cricketless country - where no one will be recognised and harrassed by media pressures. Have an extreme training camp, where fitness and player skills levels can be monitored and improved. Then make sure that the contracted players (especially BATSMEN) are allowed to chose or get sent to play first class cricket for English counties, Australian Stateside, South African domestic, Sri lanka and West Indies Twenty20 tournaments, whilst all players are involved during Pakistan domestic season. All Pakistan then need is a coach like the late great 'The Bob' Woolmer who can tactically assist with strategies and planning against international teams and their players. I'm fed up of Pakistani drama - just want to see some good hard cricket!

  • newporttiger on August 20, 2011, 18:23 GMT

    Well Zaheer Abbas can only give statements after statements criticizing everything, including the meaning of life. He lacks the credibility of actually doing anything about anything.

  • donda on August 20, 2011, 18:20 GMT

    good for pakistan, his mission was completed , his mission was to get rid of all Wasim Akram group players and so he had nothing to do with pakistan team any more.

    I call his tenure a success because he was able to retire or through out all senior players and espiacialy his rival wasim akram group.

    Thanks God he left the PCB now. It's time for Ijaz butt to say good bye and we all have some good people in PCB.

  • on August 20, 2011, 18:03 GMT

    Next Step should be Mohsin Khan being gone with Ejaz Butt and that will pave the way for Wasim to come as a coach .. although he keep saying he doesn't wanna coach.. but can be convinced.. Then Bring some former class batsman as a batting coach and someone with great management and people skills as a Chairman .... like Ramiz Raja.... then create a board of selectors like Ausis are doing now..5 member board which will include head coach and Captain. Retain Misbah as a Captain that as he is the only one who didn't run away... like Afridi. Afridi should have his options open to make a come back in one day and 20/20 side but not as a captain as he is too emotional for a captain role.

    Need all of these people who are not emotional ....but professional.

  • on August 20, 2011, 18:02 GMT

    brain lara the new coach

  • AkmalFan on August 20, 2011, 18:01 GMT

    come back afridi!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • on August 20, 2011, 17:53 GMT

    Oh YES!!!!!!!!! Finally......... I hated this guy... Now Ejaz Butt also need to go soon one way or other....

  • dmqi on August 20, 2011, 17:50 GMT

    In this holy month of ramadan, all Pakistanis and cricket lovers all over the world should pray that PCB chairman declares that for his old age and health condition he is reigning from PCB. May God give him good time in retirement. Ameen.

  • CharlieAlanJakeHarperFamily on August 20, 2011, 17:16 GMT

    @getsetgopk It does n't matter buddy because in indian cricket captain and selectors are the boss while the coaches are provided with a certain pool of players to work with and they suggest it to captain selectors and they do take it very seriously but since he is not used to indians to work with he will be more professional and less personal in selecting bowlers varun aarons,umesh yadavs who bowl 140+ kmph consistently and are only 20 if only they can be half as good as waqar i dare say he would b a boon

  • on August 20, 2011, 17:13 GMT

    nasser hussain for coaching

  • on August 20, 2011, 16:58 GMT

    Sad to see another Pakistan great leaving the PCB. Waqar was one of the best Pakistan ever produced. He did wonders with bowlers he worked with. Unfortunately the cricketers he worked with were extremely undisciplined, got involved in a number of controversies and had no sense of maturity. He had to work with numerous captains, some even more immature and irresponsible than the management Waqar Younis had to work under. I wish his wife has a speedy recovery and he goes somewhere he is appreciated. All the best Vicky bhai. There will only be one Waqar Younis.

  • faisal.10 on August 20, 2011, 16:48 GMT

    dats vry good news...... pakistan needs imran khan, javed miandad or wasim akram as coach.... shahid afridi as one day int and t20 captain..... misbha as test captain..... dan we can c pakistan on somewer on top of the rankings table.....

  • m23khan on August 20, 2011, 16:36 GMT

    Wasim Akram or Saurav Ganguly as coach...

  • zaids on August 20, 2011, 16:36 GMT

    this is a great news he resigns......now pls ejaz butt u also go out.....take imran khan as a chairman.....SHAHID AFRIDI as a pakistan captain......and INZAMAM AND WASIM AKRAM as a coach...........pls take out IMRAN FARHAT out of team .....dont select KAMRAN AKMAL forever...........and bring back a good team who can win matches..........and bring back AZHAR ALI in a one day international...........

  • Sharjil.k on August 20, 2011, 16:07 GMT

    aside from all the controversies tagging behind the Pakistani team, i believe he was a great 'bowling' coach. And i believe with him being the main coach, it paid dividends! But its sad that he's going to be leaving. Pakistan is going to have to search real hard to replace this man. I hope he feels better soon, whatever is bothering him.

  • getsetgopk on August 20, 2011, 15:42 GMT

    @Sehwagologist: your right indian team needs a good bowling coach but he's been a controvertial figure both during his playing days and also as a coach. Waqar was the ring leader of that famous revolt against Wasim and as a coach we all know what he did to Afridi and I dont think indian team can afford that kind of controvercies. waqar was individually brilliant and one of a kind but sadly was never a team man. And since wasim is already coaching in india bringing waqar over there might not be such a good idea because they still dont like each other so becareful what you wish for.

  • on August 20, 2011, 15:40 GMT

    Sad news, he could ve done wonders for Pakistan cricket if he continued, he is a thorough professional and one of the few genuine superstars who contributed through his actions rather then mere words.

  • on August 20, 2011, 15:35 GMT

    there is something wrong in pakistan team thats why he resigns

  • on August 20, 2011, 15:22 GMT

    Unfortunate for Pakistan.This is type of another contraversy.

  • on August 20, 2011, 15:18 GMT

    read some where that his wife isnt well. so i think there is no fishy this time. He did a pretty good job as coach. all credit goes to him & captains during that time. i think they should opt for foriegn coach but a batsman . & aaqib can do bowling coaching.

  • on August 20, 2011, 15:17 GMT

    sanath jayasuriya for coach :)

  • on August 20, 2011, 15:15 GMT

    @Harish Saran: mate arent you watching cricket these days?

  • on August 20, 2011, 15:05 GMT

    Two bowling coaches when a decent batting coach was needed- perhaps a class batsmen like Zaheer Abbas could step in

  • on August 20, 2011, 15:03 GMT

    Thanks Waqar for your decision although it came a bit late and please don't do the coaching of international Pakistani team.

  • S.F.Ali on August 20, 2011, 15:02 GMT

    oh thats sad for Pakistan...under his coaching Pakistan bowling improved alot.

  • KabaabRoll on August 20, 2011, 14:56 GMT

    Make Afridi the head coach now.

  • Stark62 on August 20, 2011, 14:52 GMT

    Oh great, if only the name had changed from "Waqar" to "Ijaz Butt"!!!!

    But I guess that is wishful thinking :(

  • Desihungama on August 20, 2011, 14:42 GMT

    As someone put it this has something to do with Shoaib Malik clearance. Perhaps his conscience did not allow him to carry on. Inclusion of Imran Farhar is another possibility. I for one admired the way he did his job albeit all those controversies and falling out with Afridi who is known to be an immature person. This is not just a set back but in fact proves that mature men at top of the helm are not capable enough to iron out their differences and work as a team toward common goal. India should hire him as bowling coach.

  • Conynine on August 20, 2011, 14:37 GMT

    Realistically speaking, Waqar Younis' tenure has been pretty good. No coach before him had to face a plethora of controversies. Pakistan team managed to pull through to rise to the occasion to show the glimpses of a world class side, only to fall again.

    Thank you Waqar Younis but I really hope Ijaz Butt follows suits but I highly doubt it. I just hope it paves a way for Shahid Afridi's comeback & Shoaib Akhtar's farewell match.

  • on August 20, 2011, 14:35 GMT

    Wasim Akram should become India bowling coach

  • Crackguy on August 20, 2011, 14:31 GMT

    Respect! For the reason he resigned and the way he resigned...

  • on August 20, 2011, 14:27 GMT

    waqar was a great cricketer pakistan ever produced. He was a fantastic coach and took the charg of pakistan team when it was not doing well. Thanks to the quality coaching by waqar pakistan team is in now in a position where it can beat any side in the world... thanks waqar

  • on August 20, 2011, 14:23 GMT

    Thanks GOd, he has resigned....a good news from pakistan cricket after many days...

  • mummra on August 20, 2011, 14:06 GMT

    very good news for Pakistan cricket.If they want to improve their current situation then they have to appoint a foreign coach.

  • on August 20, 2011, 13:59 GMT

    one an Only Ijaz But... i am desperately waiting for the day when u resign..

  • on August 20, 2011, 13:53 GMT

    A reall good news for pakistan .... lets pray ths time Board takes a mature decision ...

  • El_Toro_Loco on August 20, 2011, 13:51 GMT

    @Harish Saran: & yet better than your team india touring England!!!

  • udit9 on August 20, 2011, 13:50 GMT

    haha waqar nice nice... we all know the real reason

  • on August 20, 2011, 13:48 GMT

    Wooooooooooooooooow GREAT News

  • on August 20, 2011, 13:48 GMT

    Lookinf for Ijaz Butt to follow the suit.

  • mensan on August 20, 2011, 13:43 GMT

    It will be a set back to Pakistani team.

  • on August 20, 2011, 13:41 GMT

    Looking forward to see resignation of PCB chairman as well.

  • on August 20, 2011, 13:38 GMT

    not too good , before any tour this will unsettle the players

  • on August 20, 2011, 13:37 GMT

    buttttt please follow suit!!!

  • on August 20, 2011, 13:30 GMT

    Well done Waqar! we are proud of you and the way this resignation has come shows how things can be done in a professional manner. Further, family always comes first. All the best in future.

  • on August 20, 2011, 13:29 GMT

    tym for Afridi's return and Ejaz Butt ending. bt then malik, afridi, misbah and younus, y they not think about differences.

  • sohaibahmad on August 20, 2011, 13:15 GMT

    Raza sahab, PCB Chairman will never resign, you have to carry him out to South Wazirstan and leave him there if you want to get rid of him

  • on August 20, 2011, 13:13 GMT

    well, seems like this is an arrangement made for shahid afridi to come back in the side. all will have their dignity intact and afridi will be back. i don't feel anything is wrong with the health of waqar at the age of 39. his wife is ill, could well be the reason too. wishing you best of luck waqar. hope to see you attached to cricket in some form. wish 'imran khan' could be their next coach..!!

  • ammirsufyan on August 20, 2011, 13:12 GMT

    Good for pakistan cricket,next ,pcb chairman please..

  • Shafaaqat on August 20, 2011, 13:12 GMT

    I believe he was doing justice to his ability, one may not agree with his appointment as head coach but he certainly was wonderful choice to help the bowlers. He still has done well considering the controveries team has faced in last year or so. Well done Waqar, you will be missed.

  • BravoBravo on August 20, 2011, 13:05 GMT

    @Harish Saran, PAK team can not do worse than IND. IND team is such embarassing to watch, look what ENG is doing to them, ripping them apart, IND really begging for mercy, the test status of IND should be revoked. HaHa hahaha

  • Saim93 on August 20, 2011, 12:52 GMT

    Aaaaaaaand....another coach is out!

  • kamarhasanansari on August 20, 2011, 12:51 GMT

    wow wow thats great hope to see razaq soon and lead the team as capt

  • AndyZaltzmannsHair on August 20, 2011, 12:45 GMT

    Comes as a bit of a shock to be honest. Oh well. Live and let live. BUT FOR THE LOVE OF GOD DON'T APPOINT GREG CHAPPELL!!! I will quit being a supporter if he comes on board. Pakistan can survive anything but a tenure of Greg Chappell would be pushing it too far.

  • waqarhashmi on August 20, 2011, 12:44 GMT

    ohhhhh hhooooo i wish ijaz butt resigne and lieve pakistan cricket at peace and out of politics,,,,not waqar....soon we will see ijaz butt behind waqar s decision. god bless pakistan crcicket....and cricket players...

  • soilder09 on August 20, 2011, 12:41 GMT

    ijaz butt is the next man to go:) good news for pakistan cricket. now they need to appoint javed miadad as a head coach which pakistan needs alot in their batting department.

  • SJRN on August 20, 2011, 12:40 GMT

    Thank you very much Sir for getting out of the way. You had a wonderful carrier as a bowler but you did create more than enough controversies, both as a player and then a Coach. I wish you had earned at least some respect, like the greats of Imran, Miandad, etc.

  • ilovecricket1234 on August 20, 2011, 12:37 GMT

    Latest drama out of Pakistan! lol....

  • on August 20, 2011, 12:33 GMT

    Good News...Now PCB should also get rid of Ijaz Butt.

  • on August 20, 2011, 12:33 GMT

    Another pakistani drama..... nothing new... make afridi coach now... :P

  • ICCexpert.... on August 20, 2011, 12:27 GMT

    nice think for pak cricket...waqar is spent force....so they should not waste the talent of Afiridi....now Ajaz Butt should go too....Afridi to come back....and pak really need to get rid of old players like Misbah....they need a foreign coach for sure....whose has to be a batsman....

  • tanvir1974 on August 20, 2011, 12:25 GMT

    It is routine matter but i prefer a pakistani coach. wasim akram,moin khan,inzi,saqlain mushtaq,aaqib javed and the same age ex cricketers can be best choice instead of an old man or a foriegner coach.best wishes to waqar he has done good job sofar.

  • on August 20, 2011, 12:25 GMT

    Waqar please come and coach Indian bowlers. The players needs a champion bowler to teach them.

  • Shrekk on August 20, 2011, 12:19 GMT

    That face right there is waqar's perpetual lower lip-twisted signature look he's been wearing for ages now..

  • Fakh_36 on August 20, 2011, 12:19 GMT

    rare good thing for pak cricket, now it is time for the rest of the management to go, and let the star palyers come to the team, means afridi, razzaq, yousuf etc and one more thing kick out misbah, as he was involve in the WC semifinal to loose purposely. i was fan of waqar when he was playing n was thinking that wasim is not doing good with him keeping him out of the team, but i was wrong & wasim was right, coz, such a person don't have the right to have the most wickets record for pak. RELIEVED PAK CRICKET A BIT.

  • on August 20, 2011, 12:18 GMT

    Pakistan cricket politics is like roller-coaster, you don.t know what will happen next day. there must be some reason for Waqar resignation, which we know when he leave the team after his last assignment with the team in Zimbabwe Waqar might get some other job in Australia, because his base is Australia, before he was intrested some job in Australia.

  • on August 20, 2011, 12:16 GMT

    Why all are being surprised. Its a common scenario of PCB. I f i hear that , Waqar is back as coach of Pakistan, I will never be wondered.

  • CricketChat on August 20, 2011, 12:12 GMT

    There is no dearth of surprises with Pal cricket. After the Afridi controversy had cooled down a bit and Misbah appointed as captain for all 3 formats for the near term, I thought there is some stability. Now this come along!. Despite the recent lull, there must have been strong forces working underneath. Waqar did a decent job since he took over in what turned out to be a very turbulent period. Real shame he decided to leave!.

  • ZshanKhan on August 20, 2011, 12:11 GMT

    Pakistani cricket crisis keeps reminding me of the movie "The never ending story".

  • slmn on August 20, 2011, 12:10 GMT

    Can someone tell me what does Resignation means in Pak cricket.

  • on August 20, 2011, 12:09 GMT

    This is all Pakistan Cricket we have couple of captains in a year couple of coaches in a year and also couple of manager in a year.

  • on August 20, 2011, 11:56 GMT

    Oh dear, is this that long due nail on the coffin for Pakistan's cricket? Waqar was the last sane man who had the resolve to stand up against certain death of the sport.

  • Malikgeee on August 20, 2011, 11:56 GMT

    Thats Waqar's Eid Gift LoL Just Joking Who's Next Another Breaking News Ijaz Butt Also Resigns From The Chairmanship Of Pakistan Cricket Board. When Will we Hear This?

  • Cricketer2010 on August 20, 2011, 11:49 GMT

    bad news for Pakistan Cricket.......he was a true professional and lifted Pakistan Bowling department a lot. I think Pakistan should hire a batsman for his replacement like Gery Cristen

  • on August 20, 2011, 11:48 GMT

    Allah tera shukar:)

    Hopefully this will be followed by exit of couple of heavy weights too.

  • on August 20, 2011, 11:48 GMT

    another series of comedy series about 2 start from pakistan !!!

  • AlanHarrison on August 20, 2011, 11:45 GMT

    A shame for big Waqar, who strikes me an honest chap, although his disagreements with Boom Boom Afridi didn't help the team very much. On another note, good that Pakistan are touring and playing a test in Zimbabwe. I hope it proves useful experience for both teams.

  • ExplicitPlatinum on August 20, 2011, 11:41 GMT

    I can support this as good news for Afridi to come back but maybe a bit bad aswell. Waqar could blood the reverse swing into young bowlers which is a VERY GOOD thing but the differences he had with Afridi was quite big news. Afridi should look forward to this.

  • on August 20, 2011, 11:40 GMT

    ANother twist in Pakistan's cricket. Hahaha. Now the last one left is Ijaz Butt. Waiting for him to resign too.:)

  • on August 20, 2011, 11:39 GMT

    Its a surprise,I think there is some other reasons which we definitely know after some time.

  • CharlieAlanJakeHarperFamily on August 20, 2011, 11:38 GMT

    You know what waqar these PCB guys aren't valuing ur skill and experience not only on international stage but county circuit I guess if u can coach Indian team and make indian bowlers half as good as you then we might still be able to pick 20 wickets regularly I guess pakistan has suchsheer bowling prowess that they can give one bowling coach to india waqar please do approach indian team u will be accepted whole-heartedly

  • on August 20, 2011, 11:35 GMT

    That has something to do with shoaib malik clearanceThat has something to do with shoaib malik clearance

  • on August 20, 2011, 11:28 GMT

    Good Decision by Waqar ....

    At last waqar himself decided that Pakistan need a batting coach not a bowling full bench !!!

  • AGAhmad on August 20, 2011, 11:26 GMT

    VERY GOOD DECISION FOR PAKISTAN TEAM. BUT WHY AFTER ZIMBABWE TOUR. GOOD LUCK WAQAR, YOU WERE A GOOD BOWLER. ENJOY RETIRED LIFE.

  • on August 20, 2011, 11:18 GMT

    Surprise, surprise. Now this comes as a shock.

  • on August 20, 2011, 11:18 GMT

    this could well pave the way for a shahid afridi comeback

  • on August 20, 2011, 11:14 GMT

    PCB should approach Richard Pybus now. He was coach of Pakistan so he is well aware of Pakistani Culture and Dressing room

  • on August 20, 2011, 11:13 GMT

    hahahahahahahaa..... al goes wrong for pakistan..wassup... bring back afridi,akthar,razzak,malik..i luv 2 c pak wit these players.........india and pak matchis alwaz intersting without players in pak, the team wil b worst or else waste...

  • on August 20, 2011, 11:06 GMT

    Thats great news , now waiting for PCB chairman to resign :)

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  • on August 20, 2011, 11:06 GMT

    Thats great news , now waiting for PCB chairman to resign :)

  • on August 20, 2011, 11:13 GMT

    hahahahahahahaa..... al goes wrong for pakistan..wassup... bring back afridi,akthar,razzak,malik..i luv 2 c pak wit these players.........india and pak matchis alwaz intersting without players in pak, the team wil b worst or else waste...

  • on August 20, 2011, 11:14 GMT

    PCB should approach Richard Pybus now. He was coach of Pakistan so he is well aware of Pakistani Culture and Dressing room

  • on August 20, 2011, 11:18 GMT

    this could well pave the way for a shahid afridi comeback

  • on August 20, 2011, 11:18 GMT

    Surprise, surprise. Now this comes as a shock.

  • AGAhmad on August 20, 2011, 11:26 GMT

    VERY GOOD DECISION FOR PAKISTAN TEAM. BUT WHY AFTER ZIMBABWE TOUR. GOOD LUCK WAQAR, YOU WERE A GOOD BOWLER. ENJOY RETIRED LIFE.

  • on August 20, 2011, 11:28 GMT

    Good Decision by Waqar ....

    At last waqar himself decided that Pakistan need a batting coach not a bowling full bench !!!

  • on August 20, 2011, 11:35 GMT

    That has something to do with shoaib malik clearanceThat has something to do with shoaib malik clearance

  • CharlieAlanJakeHarperFamily on August 20, 2011, 11:38 GMT

    You know what waqar these PCB guys aren't valuing ur skill and experience not only on international stage but county circuit I guess if u can coach Indian team and make indian bowlers half as good as you then we might still be able to pick 20 wickets regularly I guess pakistan has suchsheer bowling prowess that they can give one bowling coach to india waqar please do approach indian team u will be accepted whole-heartedly

  • on August 20, 2011, 11:39 GMT

    Its a surprise,I think there is some other reasons which we definitely know after some time.