KARACHI (Web Desk) – Former head coach Waqar Younis has received an apology from the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) over a leaked confidential report on the national team’s poor performance in the just-concluded ICC World Twenty20 in India.
PCB chairman Shaharyar Khan confirmed that he met Waqar on Monday and apologised to him, according to the reports in Indian media.
“Waqar might not have been able to produce desired results with the national team but he remains one of our top players and has big status in cricket,” said Shaharyar. “It was unfortunate that his confidential report was leaked to the media from the board.
“I apologised to Waqar and wished him the best after he informed me that he has decided to resign as head coach. Meanwhile, the meeting was held in a good environment and I have promised him the board will hold an inquiry to find out how a confidential report was leaked,” the PCB chairman added.
The 44-year-old’s contract was due to expire in May, however, a source quoted by the Press Trust of India said Waqar was told that PCB is searching for a new coach after the Fact-Finding committee’s recommendations.
The source went on to say that Waqar lost a compensation payment of around Rs4.8 million due to his resignation. If the board has sacked him, they would have had to pay him the aforementioned dues.
“Money is not everything,” Waqar said. “I am just satisfied that the board chairman called me and listened to me patiently to what I had to say. He also apologised for the leakage of my report and said an inquiry would be held to find out who is responsible for this.”
The former fast bowler said he wanted to make a point and get the board officials to listen to him by resigning.
“I have said it if they want they can also use the dues payable to me (around Rs6 million) now for improving the domestic cricket structure. At the end of the day it is all about improving things in Pakistan cricket and not about individuals,” Waqar has stated earlier.
To all my boys,thankyou for this journey,my harshness or my praise has always been for your & Pakistans success.I’m sad to leave my family.
— waqar younis (@waqyounis99) April 5, 2016
The former Test captain had blasted the PCB chairman and his close aide Najam Sethi for refusing to meet him last week at the board offices soon after the report was leaked in the media.
“You can’t be successful every time. I know I couldn’t deliver what the nation expected of me. But to me what hurt is that Najam Sethi, who initially appointed and backed me, didn’t bother to take my calls after the 2015 World Cup when I wanted some reforms to be made in the team and selection policy,” he said.