KARACHI: Former Pakistan captain, residing in Australia, Waqar Younis has decided to return to Pakistan to pursue a career in country’s cricket setup.
Talking to this correspondent, from Sydney, the former speedster added that he had acquired some relevant certifications as well to somewhat add valuable points to his CV.
“I am going to move back to Pakistan with the family next year. Of course, I look forward to working in the cricket setup again”, Waqar said
“I have recently done some courses as well, related to man-management, etc. Cricket is my specialty but meeting modern-day demands is imperative as well”, the former head coach added
Waqar Younis, while pinning high hopes on new managing director Wasim Khan, has advocated for a larger cricket committee.
“A think tank of 8-10 former cricketers, of recent times, would be ideal. It will be more appropriate if cricketing decisions are taken by these technocrats”, an 87-test veteran said
“Misbah ul Haq and Wasim Akram are there but more formidable names should be added to the cricket committee”, Waqar opined
The former speedster also touched upon the recent PCB social media poll and picked Bangalore test – of 1987 – like his favorite amongst choices.
Waqar termed retirement of Mohammad Amir a result of fatigue due to the amount of cricket he has been playing.
On the revamped first-class structure with lesser teams, the former stalwart said: “bitter pills have to be swallowed for betterment”.
The former captain, who represented Pakistan from 1989 to 2003, also responded to a former teammate, Shoaib Akhtar who recently, on his YouTube channel, criticized Waqar as a below-par captain.
“YouTube is a platform for those who don’t have much work on hands. Shoaib Akhtar is a lovely boy but he is not factually correct (re the Pakistan-India WC 2003 encounter). I don’t pay much heed to his remarks anyway”, Waqar concluded
In a video posted on his Youtube channel, Akhtar claimed his fitness and poor captaincy from the then skipper, Waqar Younis came in Pakistan’s way of registering their win over India in the 2003 World Cup.