Former Pakistan cricketer Waqar Younis has opened up on his sudden resignation from the bowling coach role of the Pakistan national cricket team. Notably, Waqar Younis alongside head coach Misbah-Ul-Haq decided to step down from their respective positions after the announcement of Pakistan’s T20 World Cup squad.
Talking about stepping down from the bowling coach position 49-year-old gave few reasons behind him taking a big decision. He told that he wanted to give more time to his family, Also after the appointment of the new chairman of the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) Ramiz Raja, the former bowling coach thought it was a wise decision to step down before the board installed a new setup.
“There were two to three reasons behind my decision. Obviously, spending time with family was one of them which was becoming difficult due to Covid-19. Also, after the appointment of new PCB chairman [Ramiz Raja], the wise thing was to reign because it seemed as if he [Raja] wanted to bring a new setup. So, when Misbah resigned, I decided to follow suit,” Younis told Cricket Pakistan.
Waqar Younis further told that if he wouldn’t have stepped down it would have created an even bigger problem, As he feels that when a new setup takes overs people tend to do things differently.
“If we would not have taken this decision, a bigger problem would have been created. There could have been a controversy. I have enough experience to understand the cricket board and its history. When a new setup takes over, they have their own way of doing things and taking all of that into account it was a sensible thing to do.”
I think they will challenge the Indian team and even beat them: Waqar Younis
Younis has shown faith in the bowling unit of team Pakistan and has opined that if luck favours the team they can come out on top. Also, he feels that if Pakistan plays positive cricket there is a high possibility that they will defeat team India.
“[A] World Cup is a small tournament and if your players are in form and luck favours you, the team can go all the way. Our bowling can defend any total and, if we can fix some of the issues in our batting, this team has the potential to go all the way. If the team plays to their potential, I think they will challenge the Indian team and even beat them. They should play positive cricket and believe that they can beat India.”
Meanwhile, Pakistan will be facing arch-rivals India national cricket team in their first T20 World Cup 2021 encounter in Dubai on the 24th of October.