Sunrisers Hyderabad hire Waqar Younis as bowling coach

Former Pakistan captain Waqar Younis confirmed the news © Getty Images

Hyderabad: Mar 8, 2013

Newly launched Indian Premier League (IPL) franchise Sunrisers Hyderabad have announced that former Pakistan speedster Waqar Younis has joined their ranks as a bowling coach.

The Sunrisers will be making their debut in IPL 6, starting April 3, and already have Australian Tom Moody as coach and former India batsmen VVS Laxman and Kris Srikkanth as their mentors.

The Sunrisers made the announcement on their official Twitter page:

Younis will work alongside the likes of Ishant Sharma, Dale Steyn and Clint McKay in the Sunrisers team.

The 41-year-old Younis will be on a six-week contract, according to the Times of India. The newspaper quoted a source as saying, “We have zeroed in on Waqar [Younis] as our bowling coach… We presume that his vast experience will help us in the IPL.”

Waqar confirmed the news to TOI over the phone from Sydney. “Yes, I have decided to join the Sunrisers Hyderabad. I am very happy to join the IPL and I hope my experience will help them,” Waqar said.

The Sunrisers open their IPL 6 campaign against Pune Warriors at the Rajiv Gandhi International Stadium in Uppal on April 5.