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Waqar Younis steps down as Pakistan coach

Waqar Younis coached Pakistan in 2010 as well and resigned in August 2011.
Waqar Younis coached Pakistan in 2010 as well and resigned in August 2011.
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Former Pakistan pacer Waqar Younis has stepped down from the position of the national coach after the team’s dismal performances in the Asia Cup and ICC World Twenty20 tournaments.

In the Asia Cup held in Bangladesh, Pakistan managed wins only against Sri Lanka and United Arab Emirates failing to make it to the final of the tournament which was played between India and Bangladesh.

The poor run-of-form extended in the World T20 for the men in green where they failed to make to the semi-finals after losing games against India, Australia and New Zealand.

The strategy and selection employed by the Pakistan management had come under heavy criticism with the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) chief Shahryar Khan expressing his disappointment on the coach and captain in public even before their campaign came to an end.

After Shahid Afridi resigned from the T20 captaincy on Sunday, Younis too decided to step down three months before his contract ends following a meeting with the PCB officials.

It was on Wednesday last week, Younis submitted a report on the Pakistan team where he had heavily criticised the selection process and the captaincy of Afridi.

Pakistan’s next international assignment will be in July where they will be heading to England to play four Tests, five One-Day Internationals and a T20I.

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