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Waqar to honour CAB contract

Calcutta/ Karachi: PCB chairman Najam Sethi has confirmed that former Test captain Waqar Younis would be taking over as head coach of the national team later this month.

Sethi said contracts for two years have been offered to chief selector-cum-manager Moin Khan and coach Waqar.

Sethi also said that he felt the combination of Moin and Waqar would work well for the national team.

“It was never a Moin or Waqar option for us as formulated by (Wasim) Akram. The new formula has both former players in a format that we think will produce better results. That’s why I have now given them two-year contracts like (Dav) Whatmore earlier,” Sethi said.

Waqar, who is Cricket Association of Bengal (CAB)’s ambitious ‘Vision 2020’ pace bowling consultant, has informed the association that he would be respecting the 50-day contract.

“He has informed us that he will respect the contract and not leave us in the lurch,” CAB joint secretary Subir Ganguly claimed on Friday. Waqar was in Calcutta mid-March for four days.

Meanwhile, former Zimbabwe batsman Grant Flower may be appointed Pakistan’s batting coach. According to sources, Flower has applied for the job, but the PCB prefers Inzamam-ul Haq.

“So far the Board has not met with success where Inzamam is concerned, because he is very busy with his business and religious activities and is not in a position to be with the team full time,” one source said.