Waqar Younis was a front-runner for the position of coach © Getty Images
Karachi: Feb 14, 2014
The chairman of the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB), Najam Sethi has promised an important role for former Test captain, Waqar Younis in the country’s cricket set-up in the near future.
He also didn’t rule out the possibility of Waqar eventually returning to take over as head coach for a long term.
A disappointed Waqar returned home from Lahore two days back after being overlooked for the head coach position as the coaching committee and managing committee of the board opted for another former captain, Moin Khan.
But the managing committee has appointed Moin for only two tournaments, the Asia Cup 2013-14 and ICC World T20 2014 in Bangladesh.
“I met with Waqar for the first time last Monday and let me tell you I was very impressed with him. He came across as a through professional,” Sethi said.
“I definitely see a role for Waqar in the near future as he can contribute a lot to Pakistan cricket as he is a dedicated and committed professional,” Sethi added.
Waqar was a frontrunner for the head coach’s position.
But on Tuesday the board surprised everyone by going with Moin.
Sethi explained that the managing committee had been given two options for the head coach’s position by the coaching committee that included Wasim Akram, Javed Miandad and Intikhab Alam.
“Even though the committee was formed by former chairman, Zaka Ashraf I mean when you have a committee with such legends how can you bypass it. We went by the options recommended to us by the committee. Their first option was Moin and second was Waqar,” Sethi said.
“The managing committee also decided to go with Moin because we wanted to make a short-term appointment for these two events and he has the advantage of having already worked with the team manager for the past few months. The committee felt that continuity would matter a lot in a short term arrangement appointment,” he said.