Former Pakistan captain Waqar Younis has told the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) that he would be announcing his retirement from all cricket after the second Test match against India.
Sources in the board said that Waqar had spoken to chief executive Rameez Raja on Tuesday on telephone and informed him that he wanted to announce his retirement from all cricket shortly after the second Test ends in Lahore.
"Waqar is in India at the moment doing some work for an Indian television channel but he is planning to come to Lahore and announce his retirement," the source said.
Waqar, who formed one of cricket history’s best fast bowling pair with Wasim Akram has been ignored by the selectors since he failed to take Pakistan beyond the first round in the 2003 World Cup in South Africa as captain.
Since the World Cup Waqar has been putting off his retirement although Wasim also dropped after that tournament announced his retirement last year.
The source said that the decision by Waqar to retire so suddenly may have been influenced by the Board who is keen to appoint him as bowling coach with the senior team something that would not have been possible with him continuing to play first class cricket. Waqar who took 373 wickets in 87 Tests and another 416 wickets in 262 one-day internationals played domestic cricket earlier this year in a bid to win back his place in the Pakistan team for the India series.