I accept the decision with openness and hope that we all move forward for the betterment of Pakistan cricket which has seen huge turmoil in the last few years, Waqar Younis said. -Photo by AP
I accept the decision with openness and hope that we all move forward for the betterment of Pakistan cricket which has seen huge turmoil in the last few years, Waqar Younis said. -Photo by AP

KARACHI: Fast-bowling legend Waqar Younis insisted Wednesday he had no hard feelings about being overlooked as national coach and threw his weight behind Moin Khan.

The 42-year-old was shortlisted alongside Khan to replace Australian Dav Whatmore, whose contract ended last month, but the ex-wicket keeper was given the nod by the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) on Tuesday.

That dashed Younis's hopes for a second stint as coach after a successful tenure from March 2010 to September 2011.

But Younis, feared in his playing days for his vicious inswinging yorkers that sent stumps cartwheeling, said he had no complaints.

These are difficult times for Pakistan cricket and instead of crying over anything we should support the new coach and try our best to lift Pakistan cricket.

“I accept the decision with openness and hope that we all move forward for the betterment of Pakistan cricket which has seen huge turmoil in the last few years, not seen before in its history,” said Younis, who played 87 Tests and 262 one-day internationals.

He said the game in cricket-mad Pakistan could ill afford turmoil of the kind that has rocked the PCB in the last 12 months.

The board has been embroiled in legal wrangling since May last year, when the Islamabad high court suspended then-chairman Zaka Ashraf over doubts about the election that chose him.

Ashraf was reinstated by an appeals bench in January. Veteran journalist Najam Sethi served as caretaker chairman in the interim period.

On Monday Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif, patron of the PCB, removed Ashraf again and reappointed Sethi.

Younis said it was time for the saga to end. He added,

All these matters hurt Pakistan cricket badly and this is the only game which is saved for the fans so it is imperative that we must solve the problems quickly.

Younis also said Khan, who has been initially appointed for this month's Asia Cup and next month's World Twenty20, should have been given a longer contract.

“I think it is unjust to give him just two tours,” said Younis.

“I don't think even Khan would like this short tenure because for stability a coach needs longer time.”

A PCB committee said it would review Khan's performance as Pakistan have a long period without matches after April, and the coach's tenure could be extended.

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Taimur
Feb 12, 2014 04:20pm

Good on Waqar, he is setting good example here. This is pure sportsman words. All at PCB and actually everyone should learn from this. He implies that cricket is above individuals. Salute to him.

Haq
Feb 12, 2014 05:13pm

Waqar speaking like a true gentleman. This is the attitude, for a bigger picture, for Pakistan. This shows that greatness of a man and not sour grapes after missing out while speculation was that he is the leading man for the job. Kudos to you my friend.

Dr. Salaria, Aamir Ahmad
Feb 12, 2014 06:16pm

Excellent sportsman spirit shown by the legendary fast bowler. I wonder if all cricketers show similar sportsman spirit, more than 90 percent of the in-fighting in the ranks and columns of cricket and cricketers would cease to exist. My message to Waqar Younis at this crucial juncture in time and history is to "keep it up and hang on tough."

asgher
Feb 12, 2014 06:48pm

A True Pakistani! Eveybody should follow such a stance. Everything Must go in Paksitan's favor Moin khan should also perform with all his heart

Pakistani Team inshallah will emerge high and proud out of this evil conspiracy and become the BigONE!

Seedoo
Feb 12, 2014 07:23pm

Thank you, Waqar for being a true gentleman and a good sport. This is what it should be all about. I hope Moin considers you for the post of bowling coach, as the team can sure use your services.

shahid
Feb 12, 2014 09:35pm

Well, that's the national spirit. Isn't it!

Karachi Wala
Feb 13, 2014 06:10am

I wonder if Moin or Mohsin could have shown same spirit. I highly doubt it.

hamid
Feb 13, 2014 08:29am

They gave him a contract for 2 tours. That's more than the tenure of PCB chairmen recently.

Shoaib Rehman
Feb 13, 2014 09:14am

Indeed, such lighter sides of the stories are required time and again to get some positives going into our blood... Excellent words CHAMP!

Ossy
Feb 13, 2014 12:06pm

Great response Waqar... wish all Pakistanis can learn from you. We need untiy amongst all Pakistanis and recognize that Pakistan and its institutions are above indviduals.

Again, congrats Waqar!

Hyder
Feb 13, 2014 05:30pm

Sir,

Waqar Yunus is surely leaving a great example of sportsmen spirit and very correctly know that there is no point to cry over spilt milk.

Let us hope that Pakistan cricket does not suffer anymore embarrassment at the hands of the clowns who are governing it.

Regards

Aimen
Feb 13, 2014 09:05pm

Great words from the legendary Waqar Younis!All the best to the Pakistan cricket team!Show the world what you are made of in the Asia Cup and WT20!I hope and pray that Moin's tenure is very successful insha Allah!Although, Waqar Younis is the best choice for Pak coach.He turned Gul and Amir into absolute world beaters in his past tenure.I hope Pakistan can use Waqar's services as bowling coach in the future!

Amin Syed
Feb 14, 2014 12:57am

Hello Mr Zaka Ashraf and Mr Najam Sethi...Please get some ethical development coaching from Waqar Younis. Hope it will help Pakistan cricket in coming future!