Waqar Younis loses out on Aussie bowling coach job. posted under: Australia | All news
|Pakistan’s reverse-swinging legend Waqar Younis has been turned down after an interview with Cricket Australia (CA). He was one of the candidates chosen to replace Australia’s former bowling coach Craig McDermott, who vacated the position this past May. Younis was tipped to be the top contender and was keen on starting work there but reports say otherwise.
“I was interested but it didn't work out between me and Cricket Australia. It didn't really work out. They did interview me. I guess what I'm offering and what they're looking at are two different things. I don't know, I haven't really asked them the details but that's how it stands at the moment. It has just been in the last couple of days,” he was quoted saying.
Younis’ 14-year-long career saw him take 373 wickets and was considered the best in the world at reverse swings. After retiring, he served as a bowling coach for Pakistan and has recently shifted to Australia with his family. Even though he missed out on coaching for the international team, he remains keen on coaching in Australia in some capacity.
“I'll probably be looking to get into the system here in Australia and do some work here, maybe with the younger guys,” he said.
“The whole [Cricket Australia] talk has just finished now so I've probably got to start thinking about different things.
“I'm coaching one of the franchises for the Sri Lankan Premier League and then I've got the Twenty20 World Cup; I'm going to be doing commentary, studio work back in Dubai. I'm pretty full-on in the next few months.”
Younis was the most high-profile candidate among many others for the position of head bowling coach. McDermott had impressed one and all with his work and results before quitting after only a year. Tasmania’s bowling coach Ali de Winter is also one of the hopefuls and was given a chance to audition as a stand-in mentor on the side tour of England, but after the disaster that unfolded there, even he is not likely to fill McDermott’s shoes. James Pattinson, one of Australia's most promising young fast bowlers, said during the England tour that he would like a former Test player to be handed the position, but whether that happens remains to be seen.