Batsmen need not face his toe-crushers again

Published: Monday, April 12, 2004, 23:31 [IST]
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Islamabad: Pakistan's Waqar Younis, whose toe-crushing yorkers made him one of the world's most feared fast bowlers, retired from cricket after being sidelined for a year.

"It is a sad day for me, but the right time to go," the 32-year-old told a media conference organised by the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) in Islamabad on Monday.

"I thought I could have played for a year or so, but I lost the hunger because the selectors did not consider me good enough to represent the country.

"I have not made up my mind what I will do in future. It could be media work or coaching, but something definitely related to cricket."

Waqar was not picked for international cricket after being stripped of the captaincy following Pakistan's embarrassing first round exit at the World Cup in South Africa in March last year.

He made his Test debut alongside India's Sachin Tendulkar at Karachi in 1989 and was soon regarded as an outstanding fast bowler who demolished batsmen with express pace and his uncanny ability to reverse swing the old ball.

Waqar, who formed a formidable pace bowling combination with Wasim Akram, played 87 Tests for Pakistan in which he claimed 373 wickets at a superb average of 23.56.

The fast bowler also took 416 wickets in 262 one-day internationals, only the second bowler after Akram to have more than 400 victims in the shorter version of the game.

Waqar was appointed captain for the England tour in 2001 and continued in the job even after Pakistan were shot out twice for 59 and 52 by Australia in a Test match in Sharjah, United Arab Emirates last year.

Waqar was a regular feature in English County cricket where he first played for Surrey before moving to Glamorgan and then Warwickshire.

Waqar Younis decides to call it quits

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