Waqar accepts Pakistan coaching offer

Former Pakistan speedster Waqar Younis has accepted the Pakistan Cricket Board’s (PCB) proposal to don the national cricket team’s chief coach’s cap.

"I have received a proper offer from the Pakistan board and I am ready to take on this challenge," Younis who has settled in Sydney said,.

Describing the job as a ‘big challenge’, Younis said Pakistan has no dearth of talent and the national squad can challenge even the best teams in the world.

"That is fine with me. I see this job as a big challenge as Pakistan cricket has great talent and potential to deliver top results against all teams," The Dawn quoted Younis, as saying.

The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) was under tremendous pressure to replace Intikhab Alam, who had come under attack from various quarters following Pakistan’s disastrous tour Down Under.

Younis was appointed as Pakistan’s bowling and fielding coach for the series against Australia in which Pakistan suffered a humiliating whitewash in both the Test and one-day series.

Earlier, the former pacer had said that he was no longer interested in coaching the team, and that he would soon reveal the reasons behind the debacle in Australia.

Pakistan were swamped 3-0 in the Test series and 5-0 in the one-day series in Australia and Younis said there were some ‘non-cricketing reasons’ for the pitiable show.

Younis has been associated with the Pakistani team prior to the Australia series as well. During his previous tenure in 2006, he helped Pakistani bowlers to improve their techniques before resigning owing to differences with the board and officials.

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