Islamabad, Mar.7 (ANI): The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) has acquired the services of former fast bowler Waqar Younis as the coach of the national team on a hefty package of 650,000 rupees (7,650 dollars) per month.
Talking to media persons here, PCB chairman Ijaz Butt said Younis has been given a contract till December 2011.
Butt said names of former left-arm fast bowler Wasim Akram along with some foreigners were also in consideration for the coach's job but the board zeroed in on Younis.
"We had a choice between Younis and Wasim Akram, but since Akram was busy with his commitments in media, we decided to appoint Younis as the new coach" The Dawn quoted Butt, as saying.
"Foreign coaches were demanding big money and were willing to work with our team only when its touring some other country. This was not acceptable to us," he added.
Younis will be replacing Intikhab Alam, who has been appointed the director cricket academies.
Butt said Alam, a former test spinner, will groom youngsters in cricket academies at Lahore and Karachi.
"Soon, we will have two more academies in Multan and Islamabad and Alam's services will be utilized in all these four academies," he added. (ANI)