Lahore: Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) has offered former captain Waqar Younis a two-year contract to coach the national side, according to chairman Najam Sethi. (Click here for latest on Cricket)
While it remains unclear whether Younis has accepted the offer, Sethi's interview to a local newspaper has all but confirmed recent rumours that negotiations between the two parties were underway for the position of head coach of the national team.
"I put the matter before our managing committee and they chose the option led by Moin Khan which (Wasim) Akram had listed at number one. Not everyone was happy with the decision, but we let it go because there was no time to constitute a new committee and come up with different choices," Sethi said. (Also read: PCB promises to review Saleem Malik's life ban)
"It was never a Moin or Waqar option for us as formulated by Akram. The new formula has both former players in a format that we think will produce better results. That's why I have now given them two-year contracts like (Dav) Whatmore earlier."
Waqar, who has coached Pakistan in 2010 and 2011, before resigning for 'personal' reasons during Ijaz Butt's tenure at the helm of the cricket board, had again expressed his willingness for the post after his previous application was rejected in early February by a PCB coach-finding committee.
Moin Khan was named the chief selector-cum-team manager by Najam Sethi-led Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB), following which Waqar had emerged as the strongest contender for the post of head coach. (Related: PCB summons Moin Khan to discuss captaincy controversy)
The former paceman had met with PCB chief Najam Sethi and expressed his availability for the position. He had also clarified he had no differences with Moin or any other player in the national cricket team.
"As I am in Lahore I just met the PCB chairman to express my availability as head coach for the Pakistan team, for which I have already submitted an application," said Waqar.
"And I would like to express that I have no differences with Moin Khan or any player," added the former pacer.