When Waqar Younis twice served because the Pakistan head coach up to now – 2010 to 2011 and 2014 to 2016 – Misbah-ul-Haq was the Check captain on each events. Three-and-a-half years since his final stint with the crew, Waqar has returned to the assist workers set-up because the bowling coach and Misbah is now the head coach.
Waqar will, in consequence, work below Misbah after the PCB overhauled the assist workers that was led by Mickey Arthur till the World Cup. Waqar and Misbah have shared a cordial relationship and the previous quick bowler brings with him a great deal of teaching expertise. This will probably be his fifth time period within the Pakistan assist workers, having served twice as the pinnacle coach, because the bowling coach in 2006-07, and the bowling and fielding coach briefly in 2009-10.
His two stints as head coach had not ended on a great word earlier as he resigned each occasions earlier than the top of his tenure. In 2011 he stepped down amid variations with then limited-overs captain Shahid Afridi and in 2016 he stop after a dispute with the PCB’s management following that 12 months’s T20 World Cup.
Will working below Misbah be a “demotion” of types for Waqar? He would not assume so.
“So far as pondering prefer it’s a demotion, it is solely a fable that you simply go up or down,” Waqar mentioned. “Our purpose is easy methods to make Pakistan a greater crew. For me the thrilling factor is to attempt to assist a few of the promising kids who’re within the pipeline, and a few extra who will come within the close to future too.
“You come instantly below a head coach because it’s his area and you’re employed in response to his mindset. The others are serving to palms just like the fielding coach and bowling coach. We’ll attempt to assist Misbah as a lot as potential and transfer ahead.
“In three years a number of issues have modified,” Waqar mentioned when requested what made him come again. “The format has modified in home cricket, new folks have come, there are new coaches, new pondering has come. I’m not right here to make controversies, I’ll attempt to make the Pakistan bowling assault a great one.”
Waqar clarified that he wasn’t “mentally prepared” to use for the submit of head coach once more and he knew that Misbah was the principle contender for the job. Waqar utilized for the bowling coach place and he was the principle candidate after one other shortlisted applicant, Mohammad Akram, withdrew on the final minute.
“I made a decision that I wasn’t mentally able to get again into the set-up [as head coach] so I utilized for bowling coach,” Waqar mentioned. “I believe I’ve an excellent chemistry with Misbah, I’ve obtained an excellent understanding with him and it’ll assist sooner or later. The PCB has given Misbah a chance and it is our accountability to assist and again him as a result of he is a really sincere man and passionate in regards to the sport.
“My function may be very easy and well-defined. I had executed each the roles as a head coach and a bowling coach so I’ve an thought. The most effective factor is that I find out about Misbah’s mindset as a result of no matter teaching I had executed was with Misbah because the captain.”
Their first project collectively will probably be two limited-overs sequence towards Sri Lanka beginning September 27 in Karachi with three ODIs adopted by as many T20Is in Lahore subsequent month. At present, Waqar and Misbah are holding a coaching camp on the Gaddafi Stadium in Lahore the place Waqar is working with younger quick bowlers.
“The emphasis of the camp is on coaching and health, we’re all the time specializing in health with our bowlers,” Waqar mentioned. “We now have bowlers within the pipeline like Mohammad Hasnain and Nasim Shah and within the subsequent few months they are going to come on the scene.
“The most effective factor is Sri Lanka is coming, it is a plus for Pakistan, and different groups must also come. Our short-term purpose is that we should always win matches early on and construct the arrogance.”