Waqar Younis resigns as head coach of Pakistan Cricket Team on Monday, 4th April. Waqar resigns amid criticism on Pakistan team’s poor performance in the Asia Cup and World T20, 2016.
Waqar’s resignation was on the cards as earlier Shahid Afridi had stepped down as captain of the T20 team. Waqar’s contract with the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) was due to end in June, but Waqar decided to call it a day today. He said that he won’t take the remaining money of his contract from the board as he wants them to spend the money to improve the domestic structure in the country.
Waqar Younis resigns as head coach from all the formats including Tests and One Day Internationals. His record as Pakistan’s Test team coach has been impeccable with Pakistan on a five match winning streak right now. However, after October’s test series win against England, the limited overs sides has not won a single series or tournament as yet.
Waqar Younis was typically critically of the flaws in the domestic structure in the country after his report was leaked before it was scrutinized by the inquiry committee. This led to outrage from Waqar, who was angered by the lack of response from Najam Sethi and Chairman PCB, Shahryar Khan.
“I am stepping aside with with a heavy heart, and what can I say, the present circumstances aren’t good in PCB,” Waqar said as reported by ESPNcricinfo. “They were looking to make me a scapegoat so it was important for me that I should go with respect.”
Waqar was in rage after his report was leaked to the media where it was presented in a different fashion than it was intended at first place. Waqar also presented certain recommendations to the board for the future in that report. Waqar’s resignation came right after Shahid Afridi stepped down from captaincy of T20 side.