Pakistan news July 1, 2014

I have come with a better plan - Waqar

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Waqar Younis, Pakistan's new head coach, has said he will bring the same passion and mindset to the job as he did during his first term with the national side. He said he had learned a lot from his previous stint, and that his top priority was preparing the side for the 2015 World Cup in Australia and New Zealand.

He had previously served as bowling coach of the Pakistan side in 2006-07 and briefly in 2009, and as head coach in 2010-11, when he quit over a reported rift with Shahid Afridi. Waqar began his second term on Monday and will have a one-week camp with the team before the tour of Sri Lanka in August.

"I have come with a positive frame of mind, there's no doubt about it," Waqar said at the Gaddafi Stadium in Lahore. "I have come with a better plan, I think the team could get better with changes and we can match any team in international cricket. I was here two years ago and you people saw there was improvement in the team.

"I have come with a lot of passion and the mindset will be the same, we will play positive cricket and will play to win, there's no defence involved in it. Hopefully the boys will understand what I am trying to say and I hope this passion will be there in them as well. I believe the youngsters are very talented, they will understand the spirit."

Waqar has about eight months to get the team ready for the World Cup and he did not hint at any major changes in the set-up. "It's the right time, when I came last time our team was in a similar situation, there are lots of youngsters and I am excited to meet them and work with them.

"Ten months (sic. eight) time is a long time, we are getting cricket against Australia and New Zealand and then we have 15 days before the World Cup, there's no reason we can't prepare. Obviously there are short-term goals at the moment as we have plenty of cricket this year and we won't be neglecting them."

Pakistan play Sri Lanka, Australia and New Zealand, giving them at least seven Tests, 13 ODIs and three T20s before the World Cup. "The target is of course the World Cup but the other series are also important," Waqar said. "I know our people are very emotional, every ball, every over, every match will be important and I hope the team will deliver and the tours will be successful to build up strongly to the World Cup."

Waqar hoped Pakistan would name a long-term captain, rather than on a series-by-series basis. PCB chairman Najam Sethi had confirmed that Misbah-ul-Haq would remain captain at least until the World Cup, but there frequent reports to the contrary.

"Captain remains under fire all the time, if you look at Pakistan cricket it's been the same trend," Waqar said. "I know a sword keeps hanging on the captain and it should be like that, the captain has to be on his toes. But instead of series-to-series we have to think about a long-term captain, you have to think about youngsters for Test, one-day and Twenty20 because if you look there are two-three players who are on the wrong side of 30."

Waqar brought a sudden end to his successful first term as coach, citing personal reasons amid reports of a rift with Afridi, while Ijaz Butt was the PCB chairman. He said his relationship with the player was now a clean slate.

"With the passage of time, when one lives like a family, there are problems but a good coach is one who negates those and takes all players together," Waqar said. "Last time was my first time as a head coach, and now I will try to see that if there were some mistakes committed, it won't be repeated."

Umar Farooq is ESPNcricinfo's Pakistan correspondent. @kalson

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  • on July 4, 2014, 16:44 GMT

    @Jamie Moneghan I think the major reason is culture; India have some truly great iconic batsmen that embodied the rise of their team early on, where as for Pakistan it was the bowling. Kids emulate legends and the more kids you have bowling fast the greater the chances of some being really good. Same goes for batting I suppose. Pakistan's batting has never been reliable and good batsmen have been few and far far between.

  • on July 4, 2014, 9:17 GMT

    He did well in the last term and am sure he will try his level best this time around as well

  • on July 4, 2014, 4:02 GMT

    Let Hopes Waqar brings new Energy & Passion for Pakistani Team.

  • on July 3, 2014, 21:41 GMT

    @jamie..i thinks its due to our heroes pakistanis are inspired by imran khan so tradition set up every one wants to be like imran,waqar n shoaib while indians follow n wants to be like their batting heroes

  • OZcrick on July 3, 2014, 21:30 GMT

    Waqar should drop afridi (This is what manager do through out the globe; for instance see the french world cup team they dropped nasiri ; though he's an excellent player but the politics he bring to the squad. Now see the french men completely different squad).

  • H.Tahir_fan on July 2, 2014, 14:16 GMT

    All the best to Pakistan cricket team. May we win the world Cup! Waqar is a legend. Afridi too. Legends rarely fight again n again.

  • on July 2, 2014, 13:09 GMT

    India and pak both have had legends, i dnt know why the indian legends are more remembered than pak's even in batting!

    Imran, inzi, miandad(was best batsman in the world in that era, check the commentry of wc 92) hanif mohammed, zaheer abbas, mohsin khan, mohammed yusuf, saeed anwar, salim malik to name a few.

    And then the bowling legends as we all know.

  • on July 2, 2014, 12:37 GMT

    @Jamie: I'm from Pakistan and I can shed some light on it. First of all, I strongly believe it is the 'diet' of these fast bowlers that make them super-quick. Indians usually avoid meat (for religious reasons), while Pakistanis eat beef, mutton, chicken every other day.

    Moreover, our northern areas are particularly famous for really strong men. Lastly, in Pakistan, our pacer is taught to bowl as fast as he could. While in India, the focus has always been on swing and lateral movement.

    This is more of an attitude and mindset thing. Plus, having legends like Wasim, Imran Khan, Waqar, Sarafaraz Nawaz, Shoaib also help.

  • on July 2, 2014, 12:09 GMT

    A random question from someone who isn't from the Subcontinent. But is there any reason behind why Pakistan traditionally can produce very fine fast bowlers ( mean quick bowlers) but India can't? I know India have had some great medium paced bowlers who can move the ball around etc in the past but no genuine fast bowler.

  • on July 2, 2014, 11:00 GMT

    To be best bowler and coach both are different tasks. Wasim was a legend of swing and best bowler he can't coach because now cricket has changed/advanced to anothe rlevel and Waqar knew better than Wasim. So Waqar is a good choice!

  • on July 4, 2014, 16:44 GMT

    @Jamie Moneghan I think the major reason is culture; India have some truly great iconic batsmen that embodied the rise of their team early on, where as for Pakistan it was the bowling. Kids emulate legends and the more kids you have bowling fast the greater the chances of some being really good. Same goes for batting I suppose. Pakistan's batting has never been reliable and good batsmen have been few and far far between.

  • on July 4, 2014, 9:17 GMT

    He did well in the last term and am sure he will try his level best this time around as well

  • on July 4, 2014, 4:02 GMT

    Let Hopes Waqar brings new Energy & Passion for Pakistani Team.

  • on July 3, 2014, 21:41 GMT

    @jamie..i thinks its due to our heroes pakistanis are inspired by imran khan so tradition set up every one wants to be like imran,waqar n shoaib while indians follow n wants to be like their batting heroes

  • OZcrick on July 3, 2014, 21:30 GMT

    Waqar should drop afridi (This is what manager do through out the globe; for instance see the french world cup team they dropped nasiri ; though he's an excellent player but the politics he bring to the squad. Now see the french men completely different squad).

  • H.Tahir_fan on July 2, 2014, 14:16 GMT

    All the best to Pakistan cricket team. May we win the world Cup! Waqar is a legend. Afridi too. Legends rarely fight again n again.

  • on July 2, 2014, 13:09 GMT

    India and pak both have had legends, i dnt know why the indian legends are more remembered than pak's even in batting!

    Imran, inzi, miandad(was best batsman in the world in that era, check the commentry of wc 92) hanif mohammed, zaheer abbas, mohsin khan, mohammed yusuf, saeed anwar, salim malik to name a few.

    And then the bowling legends as we all know.

  • on July 2, 2014, 12:37 GMT

    @Jamie: I'm from Pakistan and I can shed some light on it. First of all, I strongly believe it is the 'diet' of these fast bowlers that make them super-quick. Indians usually avoid meat (for religious reasons), while Pakistanis eat beef, mutton, chicken every other day.

    Moreover, our northern areas are particularly famous for really strong men. Lastly, in Pakistan, our pacer is taught to bowl as fast as he could. While in India, the focus has always been on swing and lateral movement.

    This is more of an attitude and mindset thing. Plus, having legends like Wasim, Imran Khan, Waqar, Sarafaraz Nawaz, Shoaib also help.

  • on July 2, 2014, 12:09 GMT

    A random question from someone who isn't from the Subcontinent. But is there any reason behind why Pakistan traditionally can produce very fine fast bowlers ( mean quick bowlers) but India can't? I know India have had some great medium paced bowlers who can move the ball around etc in the past but no genuine fast bowler.

  • on July 2, 2014, 11:00 GMT

    To be best bowler and coach both are different tasks. Wasim was a legend of swing and best bowler he can't coach because now cricket has changed/advanced to anothe rlevel and Waqar knew better than Wasim. So Waqar is a good choice!

  • Danish-h on July 2, 2014, 8:59 GMT

    No doubt Waqar is the best choice and his performance speaks but the only problem i see his man to man dealing which he needs to improve...This is the prob when high profile players given the task of coaching their EGO's always on the higher sides, But much respect for Waqar best of luck for him.

  • on July 2, 2014, 7:14 GMT

    Only time will tell but out of all the names being taken for the job, he is the best option. 1 thing will definitely improve and that is the fast bowling department. in last year or so, pakistan's fast bowling has declined a lot. hope he can improve it.

  • on July 2, 2014, 6:35 GMT

    Yet another conditional retirement by Shahid Afridi on cards!!!

  • faiazuddin on July 2, 2014, 2:55 GMT

    @Nadeem1976@Ali Bukhari.

    Both were great players, but very indiscipline, never played as united for the team, one of the issue of this duo. I followed both careers, they never supported each other, neither they helped juniors to improve their skills.

    These are the drawbacks of these two great cricketers.

    Akram was a better Allrounder than Waqar.

  • on July 2, 2014, 2:37 GMT

    waseem is best in the world

  • on July 2, 2014, 0:48 GMT

    Pls save our cricket we lost hockey squash and at moment cricket is in dismay make us proud and hold our heads high in cricketing world pakistan zindabad Allaha Akbar

  • on July 2, 2014, 0:44 GMT

    Waqar pls bring the best of our bowlers make them aggressive hungry for wickets pakistan mashallah always find good bowlers pls put pakistan cricket on top of world cricket we have talent good luck waqar Bahai

  • rizwan1981 on July 1, 2014, 23:45 GMT

    Pakistan has always had a very good bowling attack in the world - But their fielding and batting is terrible - Pakistan has produced only a handful of technically correct batsmen in their entire history of the game - I wonder how a bowler like Waqar can help the team in batting .

    FAWAD ALAM and Taufiq Umar should be permanent members of the team and given along stint .

  • on July 1, 2014, 21:44 GMT

    Waqar Younis and Mohsin Khan were two best choices at the moment...so well done

  • CricketChat on July 1, 2014, 21:30 GMT

    The only way to avoid the acrimony that caused him to leave the post is change in personnel in the team. Most of the seniors who caused the undeirable rift are still playing. Wonder how much he can influence the on-field performance until they come up with a new look team.

  • on July 1, 2014, 20:09 GMT

    Can't wait to see an improved and deadly bowling attack tear apart the best batting lineups like a piece of paper...hope Junaid, Gul and the others learn a thing or 2 from this legend!!!

  • on July 1, 2014, 18:31 GMT

    Waqar, the first thing to do is pls bring back Abdul razzaq and younis khan back into the odi squad, razzaq should also be given a chance in t20.

  • on July 1, 2014, 18:29 GMT

    @Nadeem1976, if you compare the stats, in 356 ODI's wasim akram took 502 wickets while in 262 ODI's waqar took 416, so waqar had played 94 less match than wasim and he had 86 less wickets, he retired early due to team issues. if he had ever played equivalent to wasim he would win the race... same is the case in TESTS... Wasim Akram is a legend no doubt but waqar also..

  • on July 1, 2014, 18:13 GMT

    We really need to stop pulling each other's legs and give the best 16 a chance to prove on field, I personally think Waqar is better choice but he needs to be well supported by PCB and players, Waseem admitted that Wiqi bhai is better choice. Good luck green I hope you guys bring the cup for the second time In sha ALLAH

  • Nadeem1976 on July 1, 2014, 17:41 GMT

    waqar just wants to win a WC some how so that he can tell Wasim that he is as good as Wasim is but waqar can never reach the greatness of Wasim

  • on July 1, 2014, 17:21 GMT

    i think waseem would b a way better choice idk how come you guys forget that he ran away last time saying he is sick i would rather hav a batting head coach then a bowler

  • niazbhi on July 1, 2014, 16:17 GMT

    If I have to pick one pakistani bowler at his youth, that would be Waquar. He was the most successful (SR and average) Pakistani bowler (Imran or Akram may be more talented, Waquar used his abilities better). He probably is the best ex player to help the team. Good luck...

  • Diaz54 on July 1, 2014, 15:27 GMT

    Right man for the job,,if he is allowed to do it. Good luck.

  • MianMoosa on July 1, 2014, 14:23 GMT

    waqar younis first priority should be to produce & enhance quality fast bowling attack

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  • MianMoosa on July 1, 2014, 14:23 GMT

    waqar younis first priority should be to produce & enhance quality fast bowling attack

  • Diaz54 on July 1, 2014, 15:27 GMT

    Right man for the job,,if he is allowed to do it. Good luck.

  • niazbhi on July 1, 2014, 16:17 GMT

    If I have to pick one pakistani bowler at his youth, that would be Waquar. He was the most successful (SR and average) Pakistani bowler (Imran or Akram may be more talented, Waquar used his abilities better). He probably is the best ex player to help the team. Good luck...

  • on July 1, 2014, 17:21 GMT

    i think waseem would b a way better choice idk how come you guys forget that he ran away last time saying he is sick i would rather hav a batting head coach then a bowler

  • Nadeem1976 on July 1, 2014, 17:41 GMT

    waqar just wants to win a WC some how so that he can tell Wasim that he is as good as Wasim is but waqar can never reach the greatness of Wasim

  • on July 1, 2014, 18:13 GMT

    We really need to stop pulling each other's legs and give the best 16 a chance to prove on field, I personally think Waqar is better choice but he needs to be well supported by PCB and players, Waseem admitted that Wiqi bhai is better choice. Good luck green I hope you guys bring the cup for the second time In sha ALLAH

  • on July 1, 2014, 18:29 GMT

    @Nadeem1976, if you compare the stats, in 356 ODI's wasim akram took 502 wickets while in 262 ODI's waqar took 416, so waqar had played 94 less match than wasim and he had 86 less wickets, he retired early due to team issues. if he had ever played equivalent to wasim he would win the race... same is the case in TESTS... Wasim Akram is a legend no doubt but waqar also..

  • on July 1, 2014, 18:31 GMT

    Waqar, the first thing to do is pls bring back Abdul razzaq and younis khan back into the odi squad, razzaq should also be given a chance in t20.

  • on July 1, 2014, 20:09 GMT

    Can't wait to see an improved and deadly bowling attack tear apart the best batting lineups like a piece of paper...hope Junaid, Gul and the others learn a thing or 2 from this legend!!!

  • CricketChat on July 1, 2014, 21:30 GMT

    The only way to avoid the acrimony that caused him to leave the post is change in personnel in the team. Most of the seniors who caused the undeirable rift are still playing. Wonder how much he can influence the on-field performance until they come up with a new look team.