Waqar joins Is­lam­abad as coach, di­rec­tor

Sport360 - - Cricket | News - By Staff Re­porter @Sport360 ed­i­to­rial@sport360.com

For­mer fast bowler Waqar You­nis has been named the bowl­ing coach and di­rec­tor cricket of the Pak­istan Su­per League team Is­lam­abad United.

You­nis was given the role after for­mer di­rec­tor Wasim Akram left the post. Both Waqar and Akram were earlier linked to a sim­i­lar role in the Mul­tan Sul­tans T20 team but that didn’t ma­te­ri­alise.

An­nounc­ing the news, Is­lam­abad cap­tain Mis­bah-ul-Haq said it is a great boost to have such a fine bowler in the team’s coach­ing staff.

“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 and for­eign play­ers,” Mis­bah said. “Hav­ing worked with Waqar 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 said he was ea­ger to team up with some­one he has worked with for seven years at the high­est level. “Mis­bah and I re­lied on and helped each other out in the low­est of times for Pak­istan cricket (post 2010 match-fixing scan­dal),” You­nis said. “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 and I am thrilled to be a part of it.”

On his part, Is­lam­abad United owner Ali Naqvi 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 as 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 a doubt. 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,” said Naqvi.

Tak­ing charge: Waqar You­nis.

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