Waqar You­nis joins Is­lam­abad United as its bowl­ing coach

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KARACHI: Waqar You­nis, the for­mer Pak­istan cap­tain and head coach, will be Is­lam­abad United's bowl­ing coach for the HBL PSL 2018.

In ad­di­tion to his tour­na­ment role Waqar has also been ap­pointed the Di­rec­tor Cricket for United.

Waqar, who had pre­vi­ously been the coach of the Pak­istan team, will join Is­lam­abad United with his first role in the PSL.

Re­gard­ing his ap­point­ment Ali Naqvi, the owner of Is­lam­abad United, said, "I think in Waqar we have found the ideal man for this role. Not only does he have years of coach­ing ex­pe­ri­ence with the na­tional team - both as a bowl­ing coach and a head coach - but a lot of his suc­cess has been with many of our cur­rent play­ers, es­pe­cially Mis­bah.

“The feed­back we got from our staff re­gard­ing Waqar was as pos­i­tive as can be, and his sta­tus in the sport is with­out doubt. Fur­ther­more, as a team that be­lieves in num­bers, the fact that along with his great num­bers with the na­tional team, in his lone IPL sea­son, with the Hy­der­abad team, his team fin­ished with the best bowl­ing num­bers in the tour­na­ment pro­vided enough ev­i­dence for us to go af­ter him. I am sure this ap­point­ment will be a suc­cess­ful one and will lead to fur­ther suc­cess for Is­lam­abad United."

Waqar has pre­vi­ously been the head coach of Pak­istan na­tional team from 2010 to 2012 and from 2014 to 2016. Prior to that, he had two suc­cess­ful stints as the bowl­ing coach of the na­tional team too. In ad­di­tion to this he was the bowl­ing coach of Sun­ris­ers Hy­der­abad for one sea­son (2013) in the IPL - over the course of which SRH fin­ished with the best econ­omy rate in the IPL.

Re­gard­ing the ap­point­ment Is­lam­abad United cap­tain, Mis­bah-ul-Haq said, "For any cap­tain who is a bats­man it is ad­van­ta­geous to have a coach who is a great bowler, some­one he can trust and who com­mands re­spect both with the lo­cal play­ers and the for­eign play­ers. Hav­ing worked with Waqar bhai be­fore I think his ap­point­ment is a great one for Is­lam­abad United, and one that will ben­e­fit our bowlers and our dress­ing room greatly."

Waqar echoed those thoughts say­ing, "Mis­bah and I re­lied on and helped each other out in the low­est of times for Pak­istan cricket. Hav­ing been through the ex­pe­ri­ence we had from 2010 to 2012 is some­thing that will al­ways be with me, so it feels great to be re­united with some­one I have worked with so much over the past seven years. When I used to see PSL from the out­side, Is­lam­abad United seemed like a fam­ily to me & I am thrilled to be a part of it."

"Fur­ther­more I have had talk with Ali Naqvi and I would like to be in­volved in Is­lam­abad United's ef­forts at the low­est level too. They have started the Twin Cities Takraa this year and that is some­thing I am pas­sion­ate about. I be­lieve it is the duty of for­mer play­ers in po­si­tions like mine to give back to the coun­try that gave them so much. And I be­lieve that is the core be­lief be­hind all the team in the PSL - that be­yond ev­ery­thing this is a chance to im­prove the level of cricket in Pak­istan at ev­ery stage."

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