Waqar announces resignation as Pakistan coach

Waqar Younis announced yesterday that he will stand down as Pakistan coach for medical reasons after next month’s tour of Zimbabwe.

Waqar, whose contract was due to run until 2012, announced his resignation at a news conference in Lahore.

“I have no issues with anyone but because of medical reasons I have decided I can’t continue as coach after the Zimbabwe tour,” said the former fast bowling great without elaborating. The PCB [Pakistan Cricket Board] has accepted my resignation.”

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Waqar, 39, lives in Sydney and the board’s chief operating officer Subhan Ahmad said that he needed to go to Australia for treatment.

“We didn’t want him to go but after he explained things to us we understood he needed to be with his family,” Ahmad said. “We will now begin the process of looking at suitable candidates for the coaching position.”

Former Test captain Waqar’s resignation comes at a time when the PCB has just made wholesale changes to the backroom staff, removing long-serving manager Intikhab Alam and assistant coaches Aaqib Javed and Shahid Aslam.

The board said the trio needed to give more time to their duties at the national cricket academy.

Governing board member Naveed Akram Cheema will take on the manager’s role and former Test batsman Ijaz Ahmed will become assistant coach.

Waqar took charge after Pakistan were whitewashed in Australia on a tour where he worked as bowling consultant. He had a tough time during the 2010 series in England after then-captain Salman Butt and pacemen Mohammad Asif and Mohammad Amir became involved in a spot-fixing scandal.

Pakistan then enjoyed a good 50-over World Cup under Waqar’s supervision earlier this year, reaching the semi-finals.

After the tour to West Indies this May, former one-day captain Shahid Afridi spoke of differences he had with Waqar over selection issues.

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Waqar, who took 373 wickets in 87 tests and claimed 416 victims in 262 one-day internationals, said: “I am now living in Sydney with my family and I need to spend more time there. I have enjoyed the challenges of working with the Pakistan team. I am disappointed I won’t be able to continue with them in this transition period.” n Fast bowler Brett Lee and spinner Xavier Doherty took four wickets apiece as Australia crushed Sri Lanka by five wickets to win the fourth one-day international and take an unbeatable 3-1 lead in the five-match series in Colombo.

Lee and Doherty bowled the hosts out for a meagre 132 in 38.4 overs, with Lee ending with four for 15 and Doherty a career-best four for 28. Shaun Marsh and skipper Michael Clarke put together 97 off 116 balls as Australia secured victory.