Waqar Younis should learn coaching first: Aqib Javed

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07th Sep, 2021. 12:16 pm
Waqar Younis should learn coaching first: Aqib Javed

Former Pakistan fast bowler Aqib Javed advised former bowling coach Waqar Younis to learn the art of coaching before returning for the cricket commentary for a second time.

“Whenever Waqar Younis quit coaching, he went back to commentating on cricket,” said Javed. “He does only two things–coaching and commentating. [As far as coaching goes] he hasn’t learned that so I would say it’s better if he focuses on learning how to coach [this time],” he added.

Aqib shared his opinions regarding the two coaches, Misbah ul Haq and Waqar, who gave resignation after the increasing differences between them and the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) over the selection of the national T20 squad.

He further added Waqar has played the role of the coach for the last 15 years either as the head coach or the bowling coach.

“Even a player doesn’t make so many comebacks to the squad [as Waqar Younis did],” he said. “But here, coaches are making comebacks.”

Aqib Javed was disappointed in the hiring process of the board. He said that he did not understand why non-professional coaches were being hired to coach the national squad.

Foreign coaches will be hired, he added, given that coaching at the domestic level was not much groomed by the board.

“Neither do we have ‘A’ team coaches nor do we have quality coaches at the National High Performance Centre,” he lamented. “All coaches working there are not even qualified.”

Aqib said that the PCB has its own way of appointing coaches, adding that the coaches that were appointed were outstanding batsmen and that they could teach others to bat.

He said people who were appointed as the coach without any prior coaching training, such as Javed Miandad, did not succeed because “playing and coaching are two different fields.”

“I had said that this was the worst decision as someone who had never coached a single day in his life was appointed the national team’s head coach,” Aqib Javed said while speaking about Misbah’s appointment as head coach.

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