Islamabad: Former Pakistan captain Rashid Latif feels that coach Waqar Younis’ resignation has come at a very wrong time for the country’s cricket.
Waqar offered his resignation to the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) last week for personal and health reasons.
“The team is in a transition phase and some young players have been inducted into the side, so I don’t think this was the right time for him to go. I don’t know the reasons for his resignation, but certainly it was unexpected,” a daily quoted Latif, as saying.
“Waqar did well at a time when Pakistan cricket was facing so many problems. It would have been better if he had completed his contract with the board because we have so many important and tough series coming up in the next few months. It is really a very bad time for him to go,” he added.
Waqar had taken over as coach in March last year, and under his guidance, Pakistan defied the odds to reach the World Cup semi-final.
However, his tenure also coincided with a spot-fixing scandal that led to lengthy bans for three players, while a public spat with former ODI captain Shahid Afridi ended with Afridi’s retirement and manager Intikhab Alam blaming both men for problems within the team.
Latif further said that if the PCB offered him a chance to coach the national team, he would give it a serious thought.
“Why not? I have been deeply involved in coaching and it would be a big challenge working with the Pakistan team,” he said.