Waqar decides to resign from Pak coach`s post

Lahore: In a shocking development, Waqar Younis announced his decision to resign from head coach`s post once the tour of Zimbabwe gets over.

In a surprise development, Waqar addressed a press conference in Lahore to make his announcement insisting he had taken the decision on medical grounds.

"I have decided to step down because of medical reasons and the board has accepted my resignation," he said.

Waqar however rubbished rumours that he is resigning because of any kind of rifts with the officials or players.

"People should not read more into my decision as it has been taken because of medical reasons and now I can`t remain away from my home in Sydney for long periods," he said.

The resignation comes in the background of the much publicised feud between Waqar and former ODI skipper Shahid Afridi on the last tour to the West Indies.

The dispute over selection issues eventually led to Afridi being removed as captain and announcing his retirement in protest.

The board also recently changed the manager replacing Intikhab Alam with Naved Cheema a member of the governing board.

The board also sacked assistant coaches Aaqib Javed and Shahid Aslam while announcing this week the appointment of former test batsman Ijaz Ahmed as the new assistant coach for the Zimbabwe tour.

Waqar whose contract with the Pakistan cricket Board is until 2012 said he would step down after the Zimbbwe tour for which the team will leave on August 25 to play one Test, three one-day internationals and two T20 matches.

Interestingly Waqar`s resignation comes just one day after the PCB`s integrity commitee cleared former captain Shoaib Malik to play for the national team.


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