Muhammad Asif Khan
KARACHI: The Pakistan Cricket Board chairman Najam Sethi has dropped a clear hint that the former captain, Waqar Younis was to take over as Pakistan’s new head coach. His remarks triggered mixed reactions in Pakistan, however, one of Waqar’s employers in India, are ecstatic over the likely appointment.
The Cricket Association of Bengal (CAB) has expressed gratification over the development, and termed it an honor. The Treasurer of the CAB, Biswarup Dey said that it would be an honour for the CAB if their bowling consultant was chosen to serve one of the top international outfits. “Not, at all. We would not have an objection, if he [Waqar Younis] is picked as the head coach of Pakistan. This will be an honour for us, in fact”, said Biswarup Dey, while talking to this correspondent for News One TV.
“As per the 3-year contract, Waqar Younis is to spend only 40 days with our players in a year, which does not seem difficult to manage.”, added Biswarup Dey
On a question, Biswarup Dey even expressed readiness to work around the contract, in view of the busy upcoming schedule of the former Pakistan captain. “We wish Waqar Younis all the best; we also believe that he could, actually, work as a bridge between the two countries”, concluded Biswarup Dey
Earlier the chairman of the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) Najam Sethi said that the coach-finding committee had a consensus on Waqar Younis as head coach however the announcement would only be made after a formal agreement between the two parties. “All committee members are keen on him [Waqar], so he will most probably be selected as Head coach but then it will depend on the terms of contract”, said Najam Sethi.
The writer is a Pakistani sports journalist, heads the sports department at News One TV & tweets @mak_asif.