Lahore: Aug 21, 2011
Former Pakistan cricketers expressed their mixed reaction over the resignation of Waqar Younis as head coach of the national team and felt that health cannot be the only reason behind his sudden announcement.
Waqar, who took over as head coach from Intikhab Alam in March last year, called it quits yesterday citing health grounds for his inability to continue.
"I don't know what happened but it is not a surprise to me because no one has ever completed his tenure under Ijaz Butt (chairman of the PCB)," said former Test captain, Aamir Sohail.
"I am in fact surprised that Waqar lasted for so long under Butt. Because no one has got a chance to complete his tenure by the board chairman since he took over in October 2008 and has either been sent packing or been forced to go himself," added Sohail.
The former Test captain was referring to instances where Butt sacked Australian coach, Geoff Lawson before his contract had completed and also removed Intikhab Alam as coach last year and appointed him manager.
Butt also forced changes in the selection committee several times in the last three years with Abdul Qadir and Iqbal Qasim resigning as chief selectors in 2009 and 2010.
Interestingly, even Sohail resigned after differences with Butt while working as head of game development in the board.
During Butt's tenure, there has also been a merry go round of captains with Malik, Younis Khan, Muhammad Yousuf, Salman Butt, Shahid Afridi and Misbah-ul-Haq holding the captaincy reigns at different times in the last three years.
Sohail said that perhaps Waqar wanted an extension of his contract knowing Butt might go after completing his tenure in October this year.
"Whatever the reason, it is not good for Pakistan cricket," said Sohail. (PTI)