Waqar feels Mickey Arthur will take Pakistan to great heights

Sudipta Biswas / 09 July 2016

Former Pakistan fast bowler and coach Waqar Younis feels that new Pakistan head coach Mickey Arthur will take the team to great heights. He has urged people not to expect too much from Aurther in a short time. “ Pakistan will blossom under the guidance of Arthur . South African’s previous experience in the coaching area will be beneficial for the team,” he said.

Arthur’s first assignment begins in England, where Pakistan will play four Tests, five One-Day Internationals, and a T20 International (T20I) starting this month. Waqar Younis also opined that honesty and patience will be the two key factors which will help Arthur achieve success with Pakistan.

According to Waqar, former cricketers should be made cricket administrators because of their better understanding of the game as well as the domestic cricket. Waqar had resigned as Pakistan coach after the team’s debacle in the Asia Cup T20 and T20 World Cup 2016. He says that he misses being the team’s head coach and had some unfinished business.

“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,” the former Test captain told.

“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.There was some unfinished business and I will hopefully come back to Pakistan cricket one day to complete it,” he added.

Waqar Younis also urged the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) to utilise former captain Wasim Akram more as he believes the former cricketer’s suggestions and ideas can help Pakistan cricket move forward. Waqar said the key decision-makers advising the PCB chairman should be former cricketers. “I have stated this fact in my recommendation reports to the Pakistan Cricket Board,” he said. “You need a cricket committee who make the cricketing decisions. What’s happening is that all of the decisions are coming from the board of governors and there are no cricketers amongst them,” he added.