Karachi: Waqar Younis is emerging as a strong candidate to be re-appointed as Pakistan coach, following some unimpressive performances by the team under Dav Whatmore.
Waqar, who resigned from his coaching position with the Pakistan team in September 2011 due to personal reasons, has been to Lahore on a private visit and a well-informed source said he had discussed his future plans with PCB officials.
“What is also very clear is that neither the Board nor majority of the players want Australian Dav Whatmore to continue as head coach when his two-year contract expires in March 2014,” the source said.
He added that even captain, Misbah-ul Haq, had conveyed his feelings to the Board and was in favour of having Younis back as coach.
How popular the former fast bowler is with some of the senior pros in the national team was evident last night when Saeed Ajmal and Abdur Rehman, along with bowling coach Mohammed Akram, praised Younis for his coaching skills during a show on a television channel.
Ajmal, in fact, created quite a controversy when he was asked about the difference between having a local and a foreign coach. “There is no difference except that he (Whatmore) is paid more,” was Ajmal’s tongue-in-cheek reply.
Ajmal’s comments were picked up by the international and national media, which said his comments indicated the players were not satisfied with Whatmore. The off-spinner went on to add that Younis had worked well with the boys and laid a lot of stress on their fitness.
“Waqarbhai used to say that 80 per cent of a player’s performance is determined by how fit he is. He was very straightforward and used to let a player know when the latter wasn’t performing or not working hard enough,” Ajmal said.
Rehman, too, echoed Ajmal, saying that Younis had done a pretty good job as coach.