Former Pakistan player and coach Waqar Younis has stepped down as team’s coach three months before his contract ended.
Younis’s decision comes just a day after cricketer Shahid Afridi relinquished his T20 captaincy after Pakistan team’s disappointing performance in the World T20 Championship and Asia Cup.
Afridi had also announced his retirement during the World T20 Event, but decided to reconsider it and just step down as captain for now. Younis on the other hand took his decision to step down after a meeting with the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) officials on April 3, 2016.
The Pakistan Cricket team had a very disappointing performance in the past few months and have won only three games out of the eight they have played in the last two tournaments.
Further, on both the occasions the team failed to make it past the first round and have not won a series in any format since October 2015. On the positive side, Pakistan is currently ranked a respectable fourth in ICC Tests ranking, but are on the eighth and seventh spot in ICC ODI and T20 rankings.
Announcing his decision to step down early, Younis said:
He further added that PCB were looking to make him into a scapegoat, but he wanted to leave with some respect.
He further expressed his desire that the amount he was leaving behind should be used for improving domestic cricket.
Recently, the report that Younis written about the team’s performance in the World T20 Championship had leaked.
In the report, he had criticised the PCB’s decision of not giving him a say in the selection process and had also lambasted Afridi for his captaincy.
Soon after Younis made his announcement, PCB sent out an statement announcing that among several other measures, the board would soon start looking for a new coach and that they would be assisted by a panel comprising of Wasim Akram and Ramiz Raja.