Younis has unfinished business


Former Pakistan fast bowler, Waqar Younis, claims he has unfinished business with the Pakistan national team.

Younis, was the national team coach until April this year, when a confidential report on player performance was leaked and he was forced to resign.

Given the circumstances it is not difficult to understand why Younis may have some feelings of regret, and a sense that his work with Pakistan is not yet done.

In an interview with the Express Tribune, Younis had this to say: "Any player, who has served the country for 10 years or more wants to see the team do well and not stay behind the rest of the world,

"A lot was being said about me when I took the job, but I wanted to serve Pakistan after receiving so much from the country. I could have taken up other big offers, but I chose to serve here."

The former paceman has had two spells in charge of Pakistan but would dearly like to reprise the role in the future, saying: "There was some unfinished business and I will hopefully comeback to Pakistan cricket one day to complete it." 

Younis has been replaced by Mickey Arthur, who, at his first press conference claimed he wanted to see Pakistan eliminate their fear of failure and rise up the ICC rankings.

Fast bowling legend, Younis, wished Arthur luck and made himself available should Arthur need advice, claiming: "The tour of England isn't going to be easy for sure, but self-belief of achieving something in testing conditions can do wonders. It would have been a challenging task for me and it would be the same for Arthur.

"If he wants to speak to me, I'm always available and my phone is always open for his calls. I can help him gain insight into the strengths and weaknesses of the players, their good points and bad, the dealings of the board with the team and team management etc."

Arthur's experience and past success were noted by Younis: "Arthur has coached around the world so the required experience is there, but again it all comes down to how players respond to a coach's or captain's call."

Younis believes the quality of Pakistan's quicks will shine through in England, and also picked spinner Yasir Shah to cause England some trouble: "I feel Pakistan's bowling would be a threat even in English conditions with Mohammad Amir, Rahat Ali, Wahab Riaz and others in the pace attack. And if Yasir Shah starts landing his ball in the right areas, the hosts will face some serious problems,"