Johannesburg, Feb 13 ANI | 9 months ago

Pakistani fast bowling legend Waqar Younis has insisted that he has no hard feelings about being overlooked as national coach in favour of former captain Moin Khan, and also backed his former teammate.

Younis was shortlisted alongside Khan to replace Australian Dav Whatmore, whose contract ended last month, but the former wicketkeeper was given the nod by the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) for the post.

According to Sport24, although Younis' hopes for a second stint as coach after a successful tenure from March 2010 to September 2011 were dashed, he said that he had no complaints and added that he has accepted the decision with an open mind and hopes that they move forward for the betterment of the country's cricket.

Stating that Khan has his complete support, Younis also said that as these are difficult times for Pakistan cricket, it is necessary not to make a huge hue and cry over the issue as the game in the country has seen huge turmoil in the last few years, not seen before in its history.

Younis, feared in his playing days for his vicious in-swinging yorkers that sent stumps cartwheeling, said that the game in cricket-mad Pakistan could ill afford turmoil of the kind that has rocked the PCB in the last 12 months

Younis also said Khan, who has been initially appointed for this month's Asia Cup and next month's World Twenty20, should have been given a longer contract.

(Posted on 13-02-2014)

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