Pakistan captain Misbah-ul Haq has heaped praise on outgoing coach Waqar Younis by revealing that the former Pakistan pacer will be sorely missed.
"Waqar has done a good job with the team and played an essential role in this transitional and difficult period for Pakistan cricket. Obviously the team will feel his absence and there will be a void in the side," Misbah told reporters in Lahore.
Misbah said the resignation of Waqar was a surprise for the team.
"He has played a big role in easing the new players into the team. Whoever replaces him will have a good precedent to work with," he said.
As expected, the sudden resignation by Waqar led to lot of speculation about the reasons behind his leaving the team.
So much so that the Pakistan Cricket Board was on Sunday compelled to issue a press release dismissing reports about differences between Waqar and the board or selectors as baseless.
"Pakistan Cricket Board considers it appropriate to rebutt reports in certain media suggesting that resignation of Waqar Younis is due to some differences with PCB officials or selection committee," the release said.