Former Pakistan fast bowler and two-time head coach of the Pakistan team, Waqar Younis, has been appointed team director and bowling coach by Pakistan Super League franchise Islamabad United. The director’s role was previously held by Wasim Akram. Waqar and Akram had earlier been touted for a reunion on the Multan Sultans coaching staff, but it hadn’t materialised.
The announcement was made by Islamabad United team owner Ali Naqvi, and captain Misbah-ul-Haq.
“This is a great opportunity for me. We are going to target the smaller regions to identify talent and I am excited to be here,” Waqar, also present at the press conference, said. “When I used to see PSL from the outside, Islamabad United seemed like a family to me and I am thrilled to be a part of it. We all want the PSL to come back to Pakistan and we are on the right track.”
Naqvi said there were “no issues” between Akram and the franchise: ‘Wasim Akram was a great teacher for our bowlers. There were no issues for him. We are thankful for his services. Wasim worked with Rumman Raees and taught him swing. Now we have Waqar Younis who will teach him toe-crushers.”
— Mazher Arshad (@MazherArshad) September 14, 2017