Waqar Younis likely to replace Dav Whatmore as Pakistan’s head coach

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Younis was Pakistan’s head coach until he resigned in September 2011

A well-informed source has revealed that legendary Pakistan pace bowler Waqar Younis is highly likely to replace Dav Whatmore as head coach of the national team.

Younis, who used to be Pakistan’s coach until he resigned in September 2011 due to personal reasons, has discussed his interest in the position with the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB).

“What is also very clear is that neither the board nor majority of the players want Dav Whatmore to continue as head coach when his two-year contract expires in March, 2014,” the source said.

The source added that even captain Misbah-ul-Haq had ruled in favour of bringing Younis back.

Pakistan spinner Saeed Ajmal, who got himself in hot water after making some controversial remarks about Whatmore, stated that he would welcome Younis back with open arms.

“There is no difference except that he (Whatmore) is paid more,” Ajmal had said.

Ajmal added that Younis was a brilliant coach and he constantly preached about the team’s fitness levels.

“Waqar bhai used to say that 80 percent of a player’s performance is related to his being fit,” Ajmal said. “He was very straightforward and let any player know when he was not performing or not working hard enough.”

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