Pakistan news July 1, 2014

I have come with a better plan - Waqar


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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  • Dummy4 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.

  • Dummy4 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

  • Dummy4 on July 4, 2014, 4:02 GMT

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

  • Dummy4 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

  • Sayed 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).

  • Haaziquah 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.

  • ESPN 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.

  • Dummy4 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.

  • ESPN 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.

  • Dummy4 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!

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