Waqar Younis to miss Zimbabwe series for his wife’s surgery

HARARE: Pakistan’s bowling coach, Waqar Younis, has been released from the squad and will miss the Zimbabwe series to be with his wife, who will be undergoing surgery soon.

He is presently in Harare and will leave for Sydney on Tuesday. He is expected to join the team for their next assignment, a white-ball series in England in July; the team is scheduled to leave Pakistan on June 23.

The surgery is due early next month, but the mandatory quarantine on reaching Australia means Younis will only be able to be with his wife at the time of the surgery. The PCB hasn’t named a temporary replacement for Pakistan’s series of three T20Is and two Tests, all in Harare.

Younis hasn’t been with his family in Sydney for ten months, because of Pakistan’s busy home-and-away schedule. In September last year, he had tried to return home, but his father died in Lahore.

Waqar Younis took over as Pakistan’s bowling coach in September 2019, and has since worked with Misbah-ul-Haq, the head coach. This is his fifth stint in the Pakistan support staffers’ team, having served twice as the head coach – 2010 to 2011 and 2014 to 2016 – and as the bowling coach in 2006-07, and the bowling and fielding coach briefly in 2009-10.