Waqar Younis has been appointed as the bowling coach of Sunrisers Hyderabad, the latest Indian Premier League franchise, for the sixth edition of the IPL starting April 3.
The Sun Group, owners of the team, announced the news on Friday (March 8), tweeting: “One of the greatest fast bowlers of all time, Waqar Younis will be the bowling coach for SunRisers Hyderabad!”
Younis, based in Sydney, joined the staff comprising Tom Moody, the head coach, and VVS Laxman and Krishnamachari Srikkanth, both mentors.
Younis coached the Pakistan national team from March 2010 to September 2011 and the Ruhuna Royals in the first edition of the Sri Lankan Premier League in August 2012. He’s also frequently donned the hat of a cricket analyst and television commentator.
Pakistani cricketers have not been a part of the IPL after the first season, barring Wasim Akram, the Kolkata Knight Riders’ bowling coach until recently, and Azhar Mahmood, now a British citizen, part of Kings XI Punjab since last season. Mushtaq Ahmed, the former Pakistan legspinner, has also signed a one-year deal to work as the spin bowling consultant for the Delhi Daredevils recently.
Younis was expected to work closely with the likes of Dale Steyn, Clint McKay, Ishant Sharma and promising domestic pacers, such as Sudeep Tyagi and Veer Pratap Singh, during his stint with Sunrisers Hyderabad.
Sunrisers Hyderabad will play their opening match against Pune Warriors on April 5.