Waqar Younis had coached Pakistan in 2010 and 2011 © Getty Images

Karachi: Nov 19, 2013

Former fast bowler Waqar Younis, a front-runner for the coaching job of the Pakistan team, has demanded more say in selection matters besides asking for a compensation equivalent to that of the outgoing Dav Whatmore before taking up the assignment.

It has been learnt that discussions had been held with Waqar by the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) Chairman Najam Sethi recently in Lahore and Dubai about a possible assignment for him with the national team.

According to PCB sources, Waqar has made it clear he will have a proper say in all selection matters including sitting with the national selectors when a touring side is being shortlisted.

“Waqar is a top contender to replace Dav Whatmore as head coach when the Australian’s contract expires in February,” a source confirmed.

“This time Waqar, who is settled in Australia, has shown interest in the coaching assignment but also kept forth some strong conditions to sign a fresh contract.”

“He has also asked for more authority and a pay package equivalent to what the board is paying Whatmore,” the source added.

Waqar, who captained Pakistan in 2003 World Cup, was head coach in 2010 and 2011 and the team fared well under him, reaching the semi-final of the 2011 World Cup in India.

But the former fast bowler ended his contract prematurely in September 2011 on personal and health grounds although some believed he had disagreements with the then Chairman Ijaz Butt over designation of powers and his job responsibilities.

The PCB, which has already announced that Whatmore will not be extending his contract, paid the former Australian player approximately Rs 1.6 million per month besides other perks.

The sources said there was also talk about handing Younis Khan the additional responsibility of being the team’s batting coach besides playing in the Test matches.