Lahore: Lauding Waqar Younis for playing a key role in helping the Pakistan cricket team deal with difficult times, captain Misbah-ul Haq said the outgoing cricket coach would be missed badly by the side.
"Waqar has done a good job with the team and played an essential role in this transitional and difficult period for Pakistan cricket. Obviously team will feel his absence and there will be a void in the side," Misbah told reporters.
Misbah said the resignation of Waqar was a surprise for the team.
"He has played a big role in easing the new players into the team. Whoever replaces him will have a good precedent to work with," he said.
Waqar shocked the Pakistan cricket community on Saturday by announcing his resignation because of personal reasons and on health grounds.
The former Test captain, who has coached the team since last year, said he would not be available after the Zimbabwe tour.
As expected, the sudden resignation by Waqar led to lot of speculation about the reasons behind his leaving the team.
So much so that the Pakistan Cricket Board was yesterday compelled to issue a press release dismissing reports about differences between Waqar and the board or selectors as baseless.
"Pakistan Cricket Board considers it appropriate to rebutt reports in certain media suggesting that resignation of Waqar Younis is due to some differences with PCB officials or selection committee," the release said.