PCB finally appoints Waqar Younis as coach

PTI| Updated: May 06, 2014, 19:52 PM IST

Karachi: The Pakistan Cricket Board has finally formalised Waqar Younis as coach of the national side after chairman Najam Sethi had declared the former pacer`s appointment last week.

A committee constituted by PCB comprising Director Domestic Cricket Operations Intikhab Alam, Director Game Development Haroon Rashid and chief selector Moin Khan met today in Lahore and unanimously endorsed Sethi`s choice to give a two-year contract to Waqar.

Waqar, who is currently in India in connection with IPL assignment said: "I am extremely pleased to have been selected as the head coach. My immediate aim would be to prepare the team for the upcoming busy cricket season including the next year`s ICC Cricket World Cup in Australia and New Zealand."

The former Pakistan skipper, who previously served as bowling coach of the national side in 2006-07 and briefly in 2009, and as head coach in 2010-11, will be joining the Misbah ul Haq-led side in June 2014.

After Dav Whatmore`s contract with Pakistan ended in February, team manager Moin was also appointed coach till the World Twenty20 in April.

Waqar`s first assignment is a home series against Australia in the UAE in October, comprising one-off Twenty20, three ODIs and two Tests.