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Pakistan Board ready for new era
PCB chairman Ijaz Butt is ready to welcome in a new era after Waqar Younis replaced Intikhab Alam as coach of the national team.
Former captain and fast bowler Waqar confirmed last week he was in talks with the PCB for the job following a disappointing tour of Australia, during which the tourists failed to win a single Test, one-day international or Twenty20 match.
The Sydney-based Waqar was offered the post a few days ago and is now set to be at the helm until the 2011 World Cup.
"Mr Waqar Younis has been appointed the national coach with immediate effect," Butt told the Hindustan Times.
"He is in Australia at the moment and is expected to come down very soon. We hope to see some change in Pakistan cricket."
"He (Waqar) will continue until the 2011 World Cup. We are in no hurry to make changes if the team performs well. Hopefully, he will do well."
Waqar took 373 wickets for Pakistan in 87 Tests and 416 scalps in 262 one-day internationals between 1989 and 2003, forming a formidable partnership with fellow paceman Wasim Akram.
The 40-year-old, who has had two spells as a specialist bowling coach with his country, will head to Lahore next week to begin his new role ahead of Pakistan's defence of their World Twenty20 crown in the Caribbean in April/May.
Former coach Intikhab will remain involved with the PCB, although Butt did not want to go into detail as to why he was relieved of his duties as coach.
"Let's keep that topic aside," he said. "We are trying to move forward.
"He (Intikhab) is still with us. He will be in charge of all cricket academies and coaching in Pakistan."
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