Pakistan coach Waqar Younis will step down as Pakistan coach after the tour of Zimbabwe due to ‘personal and medical reasons’.
Waqar, Pakistan’s 15th coach since 1995, was appointed after the winless tour of Australia last year where he also served as the team’s bowling consultant. His regime saw Pakistan reach the semi-finals of the 2010 World Twenty20 as well as the 2011 World Cup but also witnessed the spot-fixing saga.
News comes as surprise
Waqar’s decision astonished the cricketing quarters, especially after he confirmed that his stepping down was his personal decision and was not instigated due to the now-public conflict between himself and former captain Shahid Afridi.
“I had filed my resignation a week ago which has eventually been accepted by the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB),” Waqar told a press conference in Lahore. “But they asked me to continue until the Zimbabwe tour. After that, I won’t be available. Whatever time I have spent, I thoroughly enjoyed it and apart from all those controversies and rollercoaster rides, every thing went according to plan.”
It seems that Intikhab Alam, who was the team manager on the tour of the West Indies, had questioned Waqar’s involvement in team matters in a report handed over to the PCB chairman. However, Waqar categorically denied that those reasons led to his exit, instead confirming that there was no conflict or disagreement with the board or the management.
“I can confirm that my decision to resign is not a result of any sort of conflict with the PCB chairman or with the team management. It is nothing to do with team selection either. Had everything in my personal life – that is, my wife’s health and my own – been all right, I would not have taken this decision. But I do not want to fail to do the job justice because of the personal problems on my mind.”
Decision taken recently
In an emotional press conference, it was obvious that the ‘problems’ he spoke of were causing him great distress, resulting in him keeping busy by even bowling in the nets during the training camp.
“I only told the players on Saturday and they were shocked because until today, the matter was between me and the PCB. But I’m sure that this young team will do well.”
Asked whether he was satisfied with his tenure or not, Waqar paused momentarily, and responded with passion.
“Once you get complacent, it all ends there. There were ups and downs. There were many controversies but at the same time we had a lot of success and I am proud of and pleased with that. Despite all that has happened, the same Pakistan team managed to beat every team in the world.”
The PCB confirmed that Waqar’s resignation has been accepted as it starts its hunt to find his successor for which the first challenge will be a series against Sri Lanka in the UAE starting October.
Published in The Express Tribune, August 21st, 2011.
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so Waqar Yunis resigns on the day when Shoaib Malik is brought back. Hmmmm, something fishy i can smell here.
Promote Aquib Javed as he coached U-19 before to win world cup.
In recent times, this is another one of those news pieces which I'm not sure whether to laugh or cry about. Even if Waqar's resignation does mean that Afridi is bound to make a comeback, I doubt it will make any long term impact on the team or their performance since the top brass is the same and unless some miracle happens, Ijaz Butt will still remain as incompetent as he was on day one.
@Nadeem Ahmed - I may not be a fan of Imran Khan as a politician but I do believe that a few things you said about his cricketing career are quite baseless, especially the accusation that he has been behind the destruction of domestic cricket in Pakistan. If anything, Imran has been very vocal about revamping the structure of domestic cricket in the country and did offer an alternative solution by converting the departmental tournaments into regional tournaments based on the same model as the domestic cricketing structures of Australia and England. In fact, it our very own cricket board that never showed any interest in reorganizing domestic cricket in Pakistan.
Imran Khan was staunchly oppossed to match fixing. thats why he bet the team winnings cause he had information that some of the players had planned to lose. We have the worst domestic system in the world.
Wrong. Imran never officially retired. he had planned to make the tour of England as his last trip as captain of Pakistan. It was a sort of backlash from players that resulted in him disappearing from the scene.
Waqar, you will be missed. I will pray for peace in your life and may Allah swt alleviate all your pains. Aameen. Dua-ayn
You will be missed Waqar :( I will not watch pakistan cricket matches now!!
@ Sajid Ali, please, Imran is responsible for all the bad things happened to Pakistan Cricket and for all those expected to happen in foreseable future. Imran Khan was the first person, who introduced Bookies to the team. First time in history, Pakistan Cricket Team jointly put their winning bonus on stake. Imran was pioneer in regard to match fixing. As a staunch enemy of Domestic Cricket, Imran did not miss single opportunity to destroy the domestic cricket. No system in the world is perfect, but destroying one system without offering new, viable system is worst kind of dishonesty. Imran and his cousin Majid Khan were the first cricketes who started grouping in team. There are many more dark aspects of his life, e.g. how he treated his juniors, why he left team in Australia and how he selected players from net practice, but for sensible person one bad aspect is enough. By Nature, he is a dictator.
Thanks God, I hope now Afridi will be back soon.
Waqar was outstanding coach of Pakistan. His performance as Coach is commendable, marvelous and excellent. It is my wish that Waqar serve the nation.
apart from his clash from Afridi i like him as a coach .. well its too late now ... coach ur tenure was good.
Pakistan team has lost a good support, unfortunate to read a report few days back with ref. to Afridi blasting Waqar that he wanted to take all the limelight. I am very surprised - limelight from what? what have Afridi's personal achievements been in the last few years? in fact he has always been an erratic player who cannot be depended upon, especially when the team needed him, which in itself shows he is not a national level player.
Thanks God... a good news from Pakistan Cricket. I hope his resignation will prove first drop of that rain which purge pakistan cricket from all impurities like him...
legend in every respect....wish we could clone him and Wasim and bring them back....
its not surprsing thats how our cricket is the whole PCB structure needs to be revamped. only imran khan got the tribute that he rightfully deserved and after him there is a long list of cricketers who hanged their boots in an undeserving shameful way, from javed to waqar and in between so many other great names. unless and untill v get everybody elected on the board and not selected this drama is going to be played on and on and on. lets c who falls victim next
You will be missed Waqar..You've always been a professional and your services for the team as a cricketer and coach won't be forgotten