Waqar joins Islamabad as coach, director
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.