Waqar Younis resigns as Pakistan coach
Lahore, April 4 (IANS) Pakistan’s head coach Waqar Younis resigned on Monday weeks after his team’s humiliating exit from the World Twenty20 in the group stages.
Pakistan lost three consecutive matches at the group stage of the World T20, including a bruising defeat to India, to exit the tournament amidst heavy criticism.
Pakistan’s T20 captain Shahid Afridi has also stepped down from his post accepting responsibility for the poor show.
“I am resigning from my post today with a heavy heart,” he was quoted as saying by dawn.com in a press conference at the Gaddafi Stadium here.
The former captain said the Pakistan Cricket Board’s (PCB) failure to implement his recommendations after the 2015 World Cup and the “leak” of his confidential report after the team’s disastrous run at the World T20 played a ‘big’ role in his walking away from his post three months before his contract expires.
“The cricket board’s failure to work on my recommendations after the 2015 World Cup is the major reason for my disappointment,” Waqar added.
“And the leak of a confidential report after the World T20 also influenced my decision. Ultimately, I want the betterment of Pakistan cricket and it is only right to walk away. I will, however, be available to help Pakistan in anyway,” he added.