28 Feb 2010

Waqar Younis set to coach Pakistan

2:14 pm on 28 February 2010

The former bowler Waqar Younis is set to be the new coach of Pakistan after reports emerged that he had accepted a Pakistan Cricket Board offer to take up the position.

Waqar is reported to have told Reuters that he's received a proper offer from the Pakistan board and is ready to take on the challenge.

Waqar played 87 Tests and 262 one-day internationals between 1989 and 2003.

According to reports, his contract takes in all cricket up to and including the 2011 World Cup.

He replaces Intikhab Alam, who was released early from a two-year contract.

Since 1995, the board has changed its coach 14 times with former England player Bob Woolmer enjoying the longest stint from 2004-07 until his sudden death during the last World Cup in the West Indies.

Regarded as one of the finest exponents of reverse swing, Waqar formed a formidable fast-bowling pairing with Wasim Akram, taking 373 Test wickets at an average of 23.56 and 416 at 23.84 in one-day internationals.