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Waqar Younis given second term as Pakistan coach

Umar Farooq

May 6, 2014

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No problem working with Afridi - Waqar

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.

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Posted by 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.

Posted by Ramu444 on (May 7, 2014, 8:09 GMT)

Now the PCB should appoint Grant Flower as batting coach

Posted by 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.

Posted by 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.

Posted by 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......

Posted by 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.

Posted by mensan on (May 6, 2014, 17:01 GMT)

make miandad batting coach and abdul qadir spin bowling coach.

Posted by 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.

Posted by   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

Posted by 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

Posted by   on (May 6, 2014, 15:10 GMT)

its best choice among the list. many people here supporting mohsin khan for mainly england white wash should also consider the white wash in odis by a very weak english team right after that test series.pak was considered a strong odi team that time.

from few names , waqar is good option as it will improve bowling and finally we got rid of m akram from atleast international team. m akram has not done good job. now if they can appoint a good batting coach then this would be good. waqar will definately help fast bowlers.

issues with afridi are not much important i think. as in last few months, waqar has been praising afridi whenever he performed well. so i think that would be over.

i agree with some here that its not perfect choice but from few names floating in media, he seems right choice.

Posted by   on (May 6, 2014, 15:02 GMT)

Excellent Choice He was doing grt job in past ... well come back viki

Posted by   on (May 6, 2014, 15:02 GMT)

this man is right choice he is fantastic

Posted by   on (May 6, 2014, 15:00 GMT)

lets not criticise but offer our best wishes to vicky we sincerely hope nd pray he will deliver

Posted by   on (May 6, 2014, 14:51 GMT)

again a bowler as a coach it our batting that needs coaching. oh well may be two consultants then for him. one for the top order batsmen and second for the lower order batsmen

Posted by   on (May 6, 2014, 14:47 GMT)

again a bowler as coach. its our batting that need coaching. maybe two batting consultants then, one for top order and second for the lower order

Posted by   on (May 6, 2014, 14:37 GMT)

Mohsin khan would have been better choice as Waqar wouldn't have better relations with some senior players.

Posted by   on (May 6, 2014, 14:03 GMT)

YES. That is fantastic news.

Posted by   on (May 6, 2014, 13:55 GMT)

Right man for the right job....Waqar is the best choice!

Posted by Sports4Youth on (May 6, 2014, 13:47 GMT)

Difficult times ahead for SHAHID AFRIDI & SARFRAZ AHMED while now MISBAH is likely to have a gala time till the World Cup atleast.

Posted by   on (May 6, 2014, 13:39 GMT)

PAK team should have gone with a batsman for coach, Waqar is not just good choice, earlier also he was having differences with many. Bad selection by PCB.

Posted by Sachit1979 on (May 6, 2014, 13:20 GMT)

Last week there was air regarding replacing Misbah with Afridi as captain of ODI side but now reappointment of Waqar as coach and siting his differences with Afridi during his last tenure puts that air of Afridi's reappointment as captain to halt.

Posted by   on (May 6, 2014, 13:18 GMT)

great decision pakistan team needed viki as bad as anything. he understands the modern trends more as much as anyone. he is tough guy plus he knew the local culture deeply. its very good decision by PCB

Posted by Riz81 on (May 6, 2014, 13:07 GMT)

Waqar is a good coach but has been unlucky in World Cups. 1992...Injured before the event 1996...Took a severe beating from Jadeja, which cost Pak the Quarter Final 2003...Was captain and Pak crashed out of the tournament in league stage 2011...Was coach and Pak couldnt chase a very gettable target in the Semi Final Here's hoping 2015 will be different! :)

Posted by Wasim.Sattar on (May 6, 2014, 13:02 GMT)

Congrats to Waqar. Very good choice.

Posted by Wasim.Sattar on (May 6, 2014, 12:56 GMT)

Waqar is a good choice. He is a mentaly strong guy and can guide the Pak team in right direction if given full powers and support by PCB.

Posted by kesaraca on (May 6, 2014, 12:54 GMT)

Please Mr Younis teach your boys to defeat India in first match in WC 2015.

Posted by ahussain101 on (May 6, 2014, 12:48 GMT)

How about Pak vs SL in August. He is not coach at that time?

Posted by ahussain101 on (May 6, 2014, 12:46 GMT)

Its a very good decision but I hope he stays longer than Rashid Latif as chief selector.

Posted by rise_of_the_ashes on (May 6, 2014, 12:45 GMT)

Another bad decision after selecting Moin Khan as selector... ONE MAN SHOW is destroying PAK cricket...

Posted by   on (May 6, 2014, 12:44 GMT)

This is a super U turn by PCB. Its good to see Waqar back. In his coaching period team performed well and in after effect of his coaching some other coach get the credit.

Posted by Nadeem1976 on (May 6, 2014, 12:31 GMT)

Bad decision, waqar has never been an inspiration for any Pakistani great legend batsman. all the batsmen and all rounders were against him in his last two tenures.

Pakistan had a good chance to go with Mohsin khan who is more passionate about Pakistan where as waqar is just money hungry guy from day one.

Waqar has destroyed the careers of Shoaib Akhtar, Shahid Afridi, Abdul Razzaq, Mohammad Yousaf in his last tenure. He is against Wasim Akram group players.

Waqar has never won a world cup so our hope to win 2015 WC are over now.

Bad Bad decision. sad.

Posted by imranabid on (May 6, 2014, 12:30 GMT)

its lala vs waqar again :)

Posted by Farooq3 on (May 6, 2014, 12:27 GMT)

Sethi is taking good decisions - now the next important appointment will be of a batting coach - hope Inzi agrees!

Posted by Mohammad-Ali on (May 6, 2014, 12:13 GMT)

Good opportunity for Pakistani Bowlers, nothing for Pakistani Batsmen.


Posted by   on (May 6, 2014, 12:11 GMT)

Congratulations to waqar. Obviously the best choice

Posted by   on (May 6, 2014, 12:10 GMT)

Hope For The Best,Best Of Luck W

Posted by sundarc9 on (May 6, 2014, 12:10 GMT)

Pakistan cricket has taken the right step, Waqar as bowling coach is a great move. Now they need to rope in Inzy as their batting coach to brush up their batting talent. Good luck Pakistan cricket!!

Posted by   on (May 6, 2014, 11:43 GMT)

and who will teach our batsmen how to play on bouncy wickets of australia in next year worldcup? waqar younis?

Posted by   on (May 6, 2014, 11:42 GMT)

It will b great for Pak Cricket. I'm very glad for the selection.

Posted by   on (May 6, 2014, 11:39 GMT)

Congratulations to waqar. Obviously the best choice. The greatest fast bowler ever inshallah now leads Pakistan team to great heights. Bring back WC 2015 to Pakistan. Wish you and team best of luck.

Posted by Taimor-016 on (May 6, 2014, 11:38 GMT)

Under Waqars' coaching, Pakistan have reasonably done well (whether as a bowling coach or the head coach). Let's hope that there's no controversy involved among him and the players. Also, the fast bowling will also improve inshallah.

Posted by   on (May 6, 2014, 11:35 GMT)

good decision and it will be good for our young fast bowlers like Junaid talha bhatti and anwar ali and specially for Irfan now i hope that Wahab riaz will make a comeback bcz last time he performs so well under the coaching of Waqar Younis

Posted by   on (May 6, 2014, 11:31 GMT)

Excellent Decision now at least their attitude will be positive and fast bowlers will have a great opportunity to learn. Having Moin Khan as Manager will help the wicket keepers and last Would love to see INZI as bating coach

Posted by   on (May 6, 2014, 11:25 GMT)

Excellent decision!! I would back saqlain or mushtaq ahmed for a spinner coach role or both and one should be kept kn NCA to bring new spinners especially leg spinners and polish the talent we have like yasir shah and others. Saeed Anwar will be the best choice batting coach.

Posted by Ramu444 on (May 6, 2014, 11:20 GMT)

I think this is a good appointment specialy for our fast bowlers

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