Former Pakistan cricketer Waqar Younis opened up about his resignation as the bowling coach of the Pakistan cricket team.
Just before a month before the T20 World Cup in UAE, Pakistan head coach Misbah-ul-Haq and Younis jointly resigned from their respective duties, which came as a big shock to the cricket fraternity.
I never had any role in selecting the team: Waqar Younis
Misbah cited the fatigues in the COVID-19 bio-bubbles as the reason to step down and Waqar Younis followed him.
Waqar Younis said that he had to resign with Misbah as they joined the team management together. The former Pakistan pacer also revealed that he had no role in selecting the team.
“I had no justification to stay on when Misbah resigned. Before we got sacked, we decided to resign ourselves. I never had any role in selecting the team,” Waqar Younis was quoted as saying by Geo TV.
“People always speculated that I had a role in deciding who plays and who doesn’t. I am not in a position, at the moment, to criticise anyone. Shoaib Malik is the fittest athlete in Pakistan cricket at the moment while Azam Khan has a lot of talent,” he added.
We were the ones who mentored Shaheen Afridi and other bowlers: Waqar Younis
Waqar has had an on and off relation with the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB). He has taken several roles with the board since 2006 as the bowling coach and twice he was appointed as the head coach.
Waqar mentioned that he had groomed some of the young Pakistan bowlers in his latest stint with the national team.
“Talent comes from the first-class and domestic cricket. We were the ones who mentored Shaheen Afridi, Mohammad Hasnain and Naseem Shah over the past two years,” Waqar mentioned.
PCB appointed Australia’s Matthew Hayden and South Africa’s Vernon Philander as consultant coaches of the Pakistan cricket team for the upcoming T20 World Cup.