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Last Updated: Thursday, 24 February, 2005, 16:22 GMT
Pakistan fail in Waqar coach bid
Waqar Younis
Waqar is second to Wasim Akram as Pakistan's most prolific bowler
Pakistan have failed in their attempt to secure former paceman Waqar Younis' services as bowling coach for their forthcoming tour of India.

"We wanted to take him to India, but he wanted a long-term contract so it could not be decided," said Pakistan Cricket Board chief Shaharyar Khan.

"We would still like Waqar as a bowling coach for the national academy on a long term basis."

Waqar took 373 wickets in his 87-Test career and 416 in 262 one-day matches.

His career figures for Pakistan are second only to his more illustrious compatriot and pace partner Wasim Akram who took 414 Test and a world record of 502 one-day wickets.

"It would have been a great honour, but I think they never wanted me, " said Waqar.

"There was no mention of the money when I talked to the PCB, but yes, I wanted a long-term contract because you need time to work on bowlers."

He added: "I never initiated the move of a bowling coach for the Pakistan cricket team.

"It was the PCB that started it all and when they decided they didn't want me, they did not have the courtesy to telephone me and inform me of their decision."

Pakistan announced a 16-member squad for their tour of India, with express pace bowler Shoaib Akhtar, Shabbir Ahmed and Umer Gul missing due to injuries.

The pace attack will be led by Mohammad Sami, Rana Naved-ul- Hasan, Mohammad Khalil and all-rounder Abdul Razzaq.

Pakistan are due to arrive in Delhi on 28 February to play three Tests and six one-day internationals on their first tour of India for six years.


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