Waqar Younis

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Waqar YounisFull name Waqar Younis Maitla

Born November 16, 1971, Vehari, Punjab

Major teams Pakistan, Glamorgan, Karachi, Lahore, Multan, National Bank of Pakistan, Rawalpindi, Redco Pakistan Ltd, Surrey, United Bank Limited

Batting style Right-hand bat

Bowling style Right-arm fast

Other Coach, Commentator

Relation Brother – Faisal Younis

Batting and fielding Averages
Mat
Inns
No
Runs
Hs
Avg
BF
SR
100
50
4s
6s
Ct
St

First-class
228
283
61
2972
64
13.38
-
-
0
6
-
-
58
0

List A
411
215
66
1553
45
10.42
-
-
0
0
-
-
56
0

ODIs
262
139
45
969
37
10.30
1445
67.05
0
0
58
21
35
0

Tests
87
120
21
1010
45
10.20
2106
47.95
0
0
133
16
18
0

Twenty20
7
3
2
6
6
6.00
5
120.00
0
0
1
0
1
0

Bowling Averages
Mat
Inns
Balls
Runs
Wkts
BBI
BBM
Ave
Econ
SR
4w
5w
10w

First-class
228
-
39182
21350
956
8\/17
-
22.33
3.26
40.9
-
63
14

List A
411
-
19811
15083
674
7\/36
7\/36
22.37
4.56
29.3
27
17
0

ODIs
262
258
12698
9919
416
7\/36
7\/36
23.84
4.68
30.5
14
13
0

Tests
87
154
16224
8788
373
7\/76
13\/135
23.56
3.25
43.4
28
22
5

Twenty20
7
7
156
181
5
3\/21
3\/21
36.20
6.96
31.2
0
0
0

Waqar Younis News

Waqar warns hurt Australia will bounce back in second Test 28 Oct 2014
Abu Dhabi – Pakistan coach Waqar Younis on Tuesday warned his team to be prepared for a backlash from wounded Australia in the second Test. Pakistan thrashed Australia in the first Test by 221 runs...
Waqar hopes Pakistan comes good in Australia Tests 17 Oct 2014
Sharjah (United Arab Emirates) – Pakistan’s head coach Waqar Younis on Wednesday raised hopes his team will fare better in the upcoming Tests against Australia after suffering a 3-0 whitewash in th...
Pakistan’s Misbah accepts blame for failure of Sri Lanka tour 17 Oct 2014
Lahore (Pakistan) – Pakistan’s cricket captain Misbah-ul Haq on Tuesday admitted his failure with the bat was a “big factor” in his team’s disastrous tour of Sri Lanka. Pakistan were beaten 2-0 in ...
Pakistan cricket chief blasts Afridi over captaincy 14 Oct 2014
Karachi – Pakistan’s cricket chief Tuesday blasted an “irresponsible” Shahid Afridi for creating confusion around the team captaincy and said the popular big-hitting all-rounder could face discipli...
Australia thump faltering Pakistan in Twenty20 5 Oct 2014
Dubai – Australia put on a clinical performance to beat Pakistan by six wickets in the one-off Twenty20 international in Dubai on Sunday. Full Scorecard: Pakistan vs Australia T20 Match 5th October...
Mohammad Hafeez out of Australia T20 and ODIs in UAE 4 Oct 2014
In the wake of injury to all-rounder Mohammad Hafeez, which ruled him out for at least two weeks, Shaharyar M. Khan, Chairman, Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) has endorsed the request for his replacem...
Waqar urges bowlers to fill void left by Ajmal 3 Oct 2014
Dubai – Pakistan cricket team coach Waqar Younis urged his bowlers to step up and fill the big void left by the absence of ace spinner Saeed Ajmal when they meet Australia in the limited over and T...
Waqar questions timing of ICC crackdown on chucking 3 Oct 2014
Karachi – Pakistan coach Waqar Younis has questioned the timing of cricket authorities’ crackdown against chucking just months away from the World Cup, and suggested that rules on bowling actions b...
Pakistan’s Hafeez unfazed after action reported 2 Oct 2014
Lahore (Pakistan) – Pakistan‘s spinning all-rounder Mohammad Hafeez on Thursday said he was surprised but not concerned after his bowling was reported in an Indian domestic tournament, adding he ha...
Afridi wants dignified exits for Pakistan seniors 29 Sep 2014
Lahore (Pakistan) – Pakistan’s Twenty20 captain Shahid Afridi said Monday the team’s senior cricketers should be given dignified farewells, after veteran batsman Younis Khan was unceremoniously axe...

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Waqar Younis Maitla is a former Pakistani right arm fast bowler in cricket and widely regarded as one of the greatest fast bowlers of all time. As of 2012, he holds the record for the youngest Pakistani Test captain and the third youngest Test captain in history (22 years 15 days). He played 87 Tests and 262 One Day Internationals (ODIs) matches for Pakistan during his international cricket career from1989 to 2003.

Younis’ trademark was his ability to reverse swing a cricket ball at high speed. He took 373 Test wickets and 416 One Day International wickets during his career. Together with bowling partner Wasim Akram, he formed one of the subcontinent’s most feared bowling attacks. He is considered to be the best exponent of the swing bowling delivery. Younis has the best strike rate for any bowler with over 350 Test wickets. He worked as a bowling coach with the national side from 2006 to 2007. Waqar was appointed as the coach of the Pakistan cricket team on 3 March 2010. He resigned as Pakistan’s Cricket Coach on 19 August 2011 citing personal reasons.

Early and personal life

Younis was born in Vehari, Punjab in Pakistan. He was educated in Sadiq Public School in Bahawalpur in Pakistan, the Pakistani College (Pakistan Islamia Higher Secondary School) in Sharjah and the Government College in Vehari. He was raised in Sharjah in the United Arab Emirates, where his father was a contract worker. He returned to Pakistan during his adolescent years and there, he started playing cricket.

He is married to Dr. Faryal Waqar Younis, a Pakistani Australian with a son Azaan Waqar and a daughter Maira Waqar and now lives in Castle Hill in Australia. Younis has also worked as a television sports commentator for the Nine Network in Australia and for Ten Sports in the United Arab Emirates.

Cricket Career

Waqar began his cricket career in in 1987/88 Pakistan, playing for several First-class cricket clubs. He never played T20I matches for Pakistan. However he suffered an injury when he had cut and removed his little finger on his left hand, after he had jumped into a canal. He recovered from this accident and went on to continue his sporting career. He was eventually discovered by former Pakistan captain, Imran Khan and was selected to be part of the national side.

Domestic

The turning point of his career happened in England, during the late 1980s and early 1990s, when he played for Surrey. By taking 113 wickets in 582 overs for Surrey in 1991, at a mere 14.65 apiece, and by carrying on his shoulders an otherwise moderate county attack, he announced himself as one of the finest contemporary bowlers. There he displayed excellent cricketing performances and attracted attention from the sporting public. He won the English County Championship with Glamorgan in 1997. He 7 wickets for 25 against Lancashire at Liverpool on June 21 1997, which included a hat-trick achieved after narrowly missing a hat-trick earlier in the innings.

International

Waqar made his International cricket debut for Pakistan against India on 15 November 1989, in the same match that Indian batsman Sachin Tendulkar also made his debut. Waqar took 4 wickets in the drawn match including the wickets of Tendulkar and Kapil Dev. He made an immediate impression with his speed and became known in the cricket media as “Wiki” or the “Burewala Express”. Waqar along with Wasim Akram opened the bowling attack regularly for Pakistan, becoming a feared and potent attack. At his peak, he developed into a very quick fast bowler and also became famous for achieving a hat-trick in a One Day International match against New Zealand in 1994. During the early periods of 2000, he stayed out of the Pakistan team for a brief period allegedly due to suspension and conflicts with bowling partner and captain Akram.

His return to cricket came with him being appointed the captain of Pakistan. However, he had to deal with allegations of ball-tampering and a number of controversies. The 2003 World Cup was the last straw as it was a tournament to forget for Waqar. In their opening match against Australia, Waqar was removed from the attack after bowling a beamer at Andrew Symonds. The Pakistanis then crashed out of the group stage after winning only two matches, both against associate member teams. After the tournament he conceded the captaincy and was dropped from international selection. After a nearly 15-year career, Waqar announced his retirement from cricket altogether in April 2004.

Coaching

In March 2006, he was appointed as the bowling coach for Pakistan. He resigned from this position on 6 January 2007 in protest against the Pakistan Cricket Board decision to retain him only for the Test series against South Africa and not for the subsequent series of five One Day International matches. He was re-appointed as Pakistan’s bowling and fielding coach for their tour of Australia in December 2009. In February 2010, Younis was appointed the head coach of Pakistan after Intikhab Alam was sacked as coach, due to the low-level of performances of the national side during the tour of Australia earlier that year.

Waqar’s first job as coach was to lead an inexperienced Pakistan side missing Younis Khan, Mohammad Yousuf and Shoaib Malik to the 2010 ICC World Twenty20 as a consolation though Waqar had two top-notch bowlers in Mohammad Amir and Mohammad Asif at his disposal. He guided the defending champions to the semi-final of the tournament before they were knocked out by Australia courtesy of a superb 60* by Mike Hussey who whacked three sixes in the final over to seal the victory.

The World Twenty20 was followed with the 2010 Asia Cup in which Pakistan lost to Sri Lanka by a narrow-margin as Pakistan’s top order collapsed and it was Shahid Afridi who scored 109 to nearly guide Pakistan to victory. In the following match Pakistan lost narrowly against India courtesy of a six by Harbhajan Singh from the third ball of the final over. The following match was a dead rubber between Pakistan and Bangladesh and another Afridi century meant Pakistan scored 385 runs and they comfortably won the match by 139 runs.

After this a tour of England followed with two Twenty20’s against Australia and two Test matches. Pakistan won both Twenty20’s comfortably and the first test saw Pakistan defeated by 154 runs. Pakistan rallied in the second test and for the first time in 15 years Pakistan defeated Australia in a Test match. Ironically the previous victory in 1995 was also courtesy of a superb bowling spell by Waqar Younis.

This tour was followed by a controversial tour against England as Pakistan headed in to the final Test match needing to win it to level the series 2-2 the News of the World broke a story that Mohammad Amir, Mohammad Asif and captain Salman Butt were involved in Spot-fixing. This saw the three players temporarily suspended and Pakistan lost by an innings and 225 runs their biggest defeat in history. Low team-morale meant the next two T20 matches were won comfortably by England. Following an ODI series which Pakistan lost 3-2.

This was followed by a tour of Abu Dhabi playing against South Africa. Pakistan lost the first Twenty20 match by six-wickets following a batting-collapse which meant that no partnerships were formed. Pakistan also lost the ODI series of five matches by 3-2. Pakistan won the second one day due to Abdul Razzaq’s superb performance scoring 109* off 72 ball. The test series of two matches with South Africa was drawn. He also stated that now it was the time for Pakistan to rally and prepare for the World Cup.