Pakistan news May 6, 2014

Waqar Younis given second term as Pakistan coach


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Former Pakistan fast bowler Waqar Younis has been appointed national coach for a period of two years. He will join the team in June, having previously served as bowling coach of the Pakistan side in 2006-07 and briefly in 2009, and as head coach in 2010-11.

"I am extremely pleased to have been selected as the head coach," Waqar said. "My immediate aim would be to prepare the team for the upcoming busy cricket season including the next year's ICC Cricket World Cup in Australia and New Zealand."

A committee comprising Intikhab Alam (director domestic cricket operations), Haroon Rashid (director game development) and Moin Khan (chief selector) met today in Lahore to review the applicants for the coaching job and "unanimously" recommended Waqar, a choice that was endorsed by the PCB chairman.

After Dav Whatmore's contract with Pakistan ended in February, Moin, who had been the team manager, was named coach and was in charge until the World Twenty20 in April, when the same PCB administration under Najam Sethi that had appointed him, gave him the dual roles of team manager and chief selector of the national team.

Waqar had previously quit as Pakistan coach reportedly because of personal reasons, but his differences with former captain Shahid Afridi were a factor during Ijaz Butt's term as PCB chairman. When asked last week if he was okay with working with Afridi, Waqar said: "Pakistan cricket is like my family and differences aren't the end of life, so things get better. I am here to serve cricket and want to return what I have learned from my playing career."

During Waqar's previous stint as Pakistan coach between March 2010 and August 2011, Pakistan endured several off-field controversies - the spot-fixing scandal in England and Zulqarnain Haider fleeing to the UK mid-way through a tour - but their performances were satisfactory. They drew a Test series against South Africa, won one in New Zealand and reached the semi-finals of the 2011 World Cup. After his term came to an end, Waqar applied for the Australia job but did not make it past an interview with Cricket Australia.

Umar Farooq is ESPNcricinfo's Pakistan correspondent. @kalson

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  • PakCricZindabad on May 7, 2014, 21:25 GMT

    I think it's a welcome return for Waqar Younis, as he left to soon during his 1st stint.

    Waqar Younis has gained more experience as a coach since 2011. He is in his 2nd year w/ the Hyderabad IPL team and I'am pretty sure he has learned a handful from that experience. As there coach, he has worked along w/ great int'l players & worked along w/ Tom Moody.

    When Waqar was coach before, he was given the task to rebuilt the team, due to the trio scandal. However, now Waqar is returning to a team which has many talented batsmen, but on the other hand facing a decline in fast bowling.

    The Pakistan players will definitely respect & listen to Waqar, as they have a lot of respect for him. At the same time, Waqar is willing to sweat it out w/ the boys on the field, help them improve individually, & have the correct attitude needed for team work.

    All in all, I hope the trio of Moin, Waqar, & Grant can lay down a clear message of what is expected from the players & improve the team results.

  • Ramu444 on May 7, 2014, 8:09 GMT

    Now the PCB should appoint Grant Flower as batting coach

  • IAS2009 on May 7, 2014, 1:29 GMT

    the problem with Pakistan cricket is differences will end careers, of course there will be differences between people involved in the game, it is complex, but that does not mean people quit, he has quit last time also, i hope he will stick around this time, i personally think coaches should not be needed at this level, they are needed at school and college level when habits are developed for game and discipline of game. by the time one is in team he is already have good or bad habits, time will tell about this selection. a person with good social skills will be more beneficial for team. i think Mohsin Khan did a good job when he was coach.

  • seo7seo on May 6, 2014, 19:05 GMT

    Those who say we need a batting coach should know that last few games have shown that we are losing strength in the strongest portion (bowling) of pakistani cricket. Waqar will be able to at least maintain (if not improve) that strength. We can't build/appoint the entire cricket board around an unreliable player like Shahid Afridi. If you guys want to bring in Inzi or Miandad, why not bring in the man who trained Miandad and/or Inzi. Same is with the bowling. Let us never forget Sarfraz Nawaz (the very first internationally recognized pakistani fast bowler), who told Imran and Wasim how to swing the ball. Selection committee need give up AC rooms and search new players (physically and mentally fit) in villages and small towns. Right now our team is full of over 30 players.

  • FarrukhLatif on May 6, 2014, 17:48 GMT

    Whatever the coach is, Pakistani team should play like a team unit, other wise foreign coach will also do nothing............ and they have to play for the Country not for their Selves.

    WC Back to Viki......

  • zaakhan on May 6, 2014, 17:02 GMT

    Not great news for Pakistan Cricket as usual. As a bowler every one inc I consider him super duper player but as a coach, he proved himself nothing and tries to end up others careers with no reason. Very poor decision.. Mohsin Khan was a better choice I would say, only problem with him was he was strict and disciplined with players, so players always did not like him but it was good for Pakistan cricket. another difference is: Waqar Younas is like Rameez Raja, I mean only thinks about himself not for country.

  • mensan on May 6, 2014, 17:01 GMT

    make miandad batting coach and abdul qadir spin bowling coach.

  • t20cric on May 6, 2014, 16:49 GMT

    This is a really good decision cuz Pakistan fast bowling has been declining for so long now. Mohammad Akram was a horrible coach and he couldn't get any of our fast bowlers to improve much. Considering that the next world cup is happening in pace friendly conditions its great that Waqar is coach and our fast bowling will likely improve a lot. Now Pakistan just need a batting coach who should probably be Inzimam or Saeed Anwar or maybe even Mohammad Yousuf. With one of them as batting coach our batting will hopefully improve enough to be serious contenders for winning the 2015 world cup.

  • android_user on May 6, 2014, 15:46 GMT

    a right choice made..won't it be a good idea to appoint saqlain mushtaq as spin bowling coach with wiki as coach he can guide the fast bowlers as well

  • AbuManha on May 6, 2014, 15:43 GMT

    well wha i dont get is why did he quit or left that post to begin with. and since we hired him back lets bring back all the old guns back. how about that. no disrespect no offense great talented player no doubtr. but point is try something new going forward. why are they still sticking to samething again and again. you had a chnace and for wha ever reason u quit or left why and how can you apply for samething knwoing it.

    amazes me but then again this is Pakistan Cricket wha ever you think is not possible it always end up happening in Pakistan Cricket

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