Waqar could be Australia’s bowling coach

Published: June 6, 2012

Waqar Younis, who quit his post with the Pakistan team due to ‘personal and health reasons’, is now understood to be refreshed after spending 10 months off. PHOTO: AFP/FILE

Former Pakistan captain Waqar Younis has been interviewed for the position of Australia’s bowling coach as the country’s cricket board looks to find Craig McDermott’s replacement, according to ESPNcricinfo.

The former Pakistan fast-bowler, who is based in Sydney and coached Pakistan’s national team for two years, is understood to have spoken to Cricket Australia’s team performance manager Pat Howard about the position that was unexpectedly left vacant by McDermott at the conclusion of the West Indies series.

Waqar, who quit his post with the Pakistan team due to ‘personal and health reasons’, is now understood to be refreshed after spending 10 months off. His coaching history has included numerous short-term consultancy roles, including with the England and Wales Cricket Board academy on a tour to India, while he has worked with New South Wales since first moving with his family to Sydney in 2005.

Andy Bichel, a part-time member of the selection panel, said practical use of cricketing knowledge was a requirement and praised McDermott for his performance.

“‘With so many young guys coming through the system, I think you need someone who has played international cricket,” Bichel told the Age  last month. “Someone who can teach them the stuff in the middle more than the technical stuff, how to get people. That was one of the great bonuses with Craig.’’

Published in The Express Tribune, June 6th, 2012.

Reader Comments (10)

  • The Flying Object
    Jun 6, 2012 - 2:44AM

    Please Waqar don’t teach them everything; specially those deadly yorkers :P

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  • Aka
    Jun 6, 2012 - 6:06AM

    Hope i wont divide australians

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  • Pinto
    Jun 6, 2012 - 7:34AM

    @The Flying Object: no,he’ll teach them how to fix

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  • Shahrukh kazmi
    Jun 6, 2012 - 10:14AM

    First Saqlain for New Zealand, then Mushi for England, then Wasim for KK, now Waqar will be for Aussies : |

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  • Asad
    Jun 6, 2012 - 2:46PM

    What Waqar is feeling better all of a sudden!? Anyway good for him.

    @Pinto: No I think he can hire Azharuddin and Jadeja for learning fixing and I am sure playing in IPL must have groomed their fixing skills further.

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  • Someone True
    Jun 6, 2012 - 3:43PM

    @Asad:
    Ha Ha Ha….. three Pakistani’s banned for spot fixing are of recent origin… Azar and Jajeda are old, Need to learn new techniques.

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  • antanu g
    Jun 6, 2012 - 5:28PM

    ….and he HAD HEALTH PROBLEMS and left Pakistan Coach assignment. These guys are so double talking…

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  • Muhammad
    Jun 6, 2012 - 7:43PM

    Here we go with the Pakistani and Indian fights!
    Can’t you people comment keeping in mind the topic? Grow up and throw up the fight and accusations (proved or fake). I see no problem in him teaching Australia. Good for him and good for team Aussie. Hope they learn good techniques from him and get most out of him, especially the art of reverse swing.

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  • Obaid
    Jun 6, 2012 - 9:45PM

    @ Antanu g

    the same double talking Gangully did about Greg Chapell.

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  • Pinto
    Jun 7, 2012 - 9:58AM

    @Asad: sorry but azar and jadeja are rare exceptions we don’t produce fixers everyday. on the other hand pak produce highly trained fixers on a daily basis.They also have an advantage of having some experienced fixers in coaching staff (not taking about dave).don’t worry u whole new generation of fixers coming upRecommend

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