Younis given second chance as Pakistan’s head coach

"My immediate aim would be to prepare the team for the upcoming busy cricket season including next year's ICC Cricket World Cup"

“My immediate aim would be to prepare the team for the upcoming busy cricket season including next year’s ICC Cricket World Cup”

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Legendary pace bowler Waqar Younis has been given a second chance to coach the national team after he quit in 2011 due to personal reasons.

Younis was chosen after a committee comprising of Intikhab Alam, the director of domestic cricket operations, Haroon Rashid, the director of game development and chief selector Moin Khan met in Lahore and “unanimously” voted that he was the best candidate for the job.

“I am extremely pleased to have been selected as the head coach,” Younis said. “My immediate aim would be to prepare the team for the upcoming busy cricket season including next year’s ICC Cricket World Cup in Australia and New Zealand.”

During Younis’ previous tenure as head coach, Pakistan endured numerous off-field controversies, including the match-fixing scandal involving Salman Butt, Mohammad Asif and Mohammad Amir and wicketkeeper Zulqarnain Haider disappearing and fleeing to England midway through a series.

Younis also had a frosty relationship with veteran all-rounder Shahid Afridi.

When asked if that would be a problem this time round, Younis said: “Pakistan cricket is like my family and differences aren’t the end of life, so things get better. I am here to serve cricket and want to return what I have learned from my playing career.”

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