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Waqar resigns as Pakistan's bowling coach

Former captain Waqar Younis says that he was not happy to be with the team only for the Tests and not for the five-match ODI series.

india Updated: Jan 07, 2007 14:46 IST
Press Trust of India
Press Trust of India

Former Pakistan captain Waqar Younis has resigned as the bowling coach of the national cricket team just a day before he was due to leave for South Africa to join the side for the forthcoming Test series.

Waqar, in his message to Pakistan Cricket Board Chairman Nasim Ashraf on Saturday, conveyed his decision indicating that he was not happy to be with the team only for the Tests and not for the five-match one-day series.

"According to my reckoning, it is better for me, team and the Board that I should now give resignation from my office at PCB," Waqar told a television channel.

Waqar, who was appointed bowling coach until the World Cup, said he would make a formal announcement of his stepping down from the post on Monday.

PCB spokeman Ehsan Malik said it was the team captain and coach's decision to have Waqar only for the Tests and the Board had no role in it.

"If he is not happy with the arrangement we can't do anything about it since the team management decided he should only be with them only for the Tests. We had no problems in him accompanying the team also for the one-dayers," Malik told PTI.

"In fact, even now we are willing to honour his contract till the World Cup if he wants to continue. But he should not hold the Board responsible for his decision," he said.

The PCB's version comes as a surprise because Waqar is seen as very close to captain Inzamam-ul-Haq and was brought in as bowling coach on his insistence.

But Inzamam had also got his friend and former teammate Mushtaq Ahmed appointed as the assistant bowling coach of the side for the entire tour.

Sources said Waqar was cut up as he had been given the impression he would be with the team for the entire tour and he was not happy to learn Mushtaq was being given this assignment while he was there only for the World Cup.

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