Karachi: Outgoing coach Waqar Younis has received an apology from the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) for the leakage of his confidential report on the national team’s poor performance in the just-concluded ICC World Twenty20 in India. (Waqar Younis Resigns as Pakistan Cricket Coach)
PCB chairman Shahryar Khan has confirmed that he met Waqar on Monday and apologised to him. (Pakistan Cricket Board’s Fact-Finding Committee Submits Report to Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif)
“Waqar might not have been able to produce desired results with the national team but he remains one of our top players and has big status in cricket. It was unfortunate that his confidential report was leaked to the media from the board,” Shahryar said. (Waqar Younis Submits Team’s Performance Report to Pakistan Cricket Board)
“I apologised to Waqar and wished him the best after he informed me and had decided to resign as head coach. But the meeting was held in a good environment and I have promised him the board will hold an inquiry to find out how a confidential report was leaked.”
Waqar’s two-year coaching stint was due to expire in May and sources aware of the developments said that he was keen to continue until the tour to England this summer.
“But apparently it was conveyed to Waqar that the board has decided to act on the recommendations of the fact-finding committee and hunt for a new coach,” one source said.
To all my boys,thankyou for this journey,my harshness or my praise has always been for your & Pakistans success.I’m sad to leave my family.
— waqar younis (@waqyounis99) April 5, 2016
He said Waqar then decided to resign himself although he lost out on a compensation payment of around Rs.4.8 million which the board would have paid him if they had sacked him before the completion of his contract period.
“Money is not everything. I am just satisfied that the board chairman called me and listened to me patiently to what I had to say. He also apologised for the leakage of my report and said an inquiry would be held to find out who is responsible for this,” Waqar said.
Waqar said he would have resigned later but after the leakage of his report he wanted to make a point and get the board officials to listen to him.
“I have said it if they want they can also use the dues payable to me (around Rs.6 million) now for improving the domestic cricket structure. At the end of the day it is all about improving things in Pakistan cricket and not about individuals,” Waqar added.
The former Test captain had blasted the PCB chairman and his close aide Najam Sethi for refusing to meet him last week at the board offices soon after the report was leaked in the media.
“You can’t be successful every time. I know I couldn’t deliver what the nation expected of me. But to me what hurt is that Najam Sethi, who initially appointed and backed me, didn’t bother to take my calls after the 2015 World Cup when I wanted some reforms to be made in the team and selection policy,” he said.