Waqar to get $100,000 fee as bowling coach

The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) has signed on former Test captain and fast bowler Waqar Younis as national bowling coach on a contractual fee of $100,000 (approximately six million rupees).

The two parties struck this figure after Waqar demanded a fee of $170,000 for the job but later agreed to $100,000.

The irony is that while the Board has completed the signing but till Friday it remained uncertain on the responsibilities of the bowling coach after captain Inzamam-ul-Haq told the PCB chairman he wanted Waqar to accompany the team to Sri Lanka.

“On Inzamam’s request the Chairman Shaharyar Khan has agreed that Waqar should go with the team to Sri Lanka,” a Board source said.

The job description of the fast bowler outlined in the press release stating his announcement had said he would be the national bowling coach and work at the National Cricket Academy (NCA).

“Clearly Waqar’s appointment is not a unanimous one in the Board with the chairman and Director Board Operations Abbas Zaidi supporting it and the Director Cricket Operations Saleem Altaf against the appointment,” the source said.

He disclosed that the DCA, in particular, was not happy with the lucrative sum being paid to Waqar and feels this could be better utilised in other cricket programmes as Waqar is not even a qualified bowling coach.

“All the other countries have employed bowling coaches who are qualified by way of degrees and tutoring experience while Waqar only has his Test and international experience and high profile to rely upon,” the source stated.

The Board has also agreed to pay an undisclosed sum to former Test captain Zaheer Abbas as manager for the Sri Lanka tour while it’s paying over 10 million rupees tax-free to the coach Bob Woolmer and other amounts to trainer Murray Stevenson and physiotherapist Darren Lifsun.

Source: The News

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Written by Kashif Aziz on March 12th, 2006 with no comments.
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