Waqar Younis
Pakistan coach Waqar Younis will also give opportunities to new players in Sri Lanka.Reuters

Veteran Pakistan bowler Waqar Younis, who was the chief architect for the Pakistan cricket team during the Asia Cup and the ICC World T20 this year, has stepped down from his role as the head coach of the team. The announcement came just a day after Shahid Afridi stepped down as the captain of the side.

Waqar mentioned that he was unhappy with the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB's) decision of not allowing him to give an opinion in the selection process of the team. He also criticised Afridi's style of captaincy.

"I am resigning from my post today with a heavy heart," he has been quoted as saying by the AFP.

"We lost to New Zealand, Asia Cup and the World T20 due to poor captaincy. Over several occasions, I had made it clear that Shahid Afridi was not performing with the bat, ball or as a captain but I was not listened to.

"I had made a lot of recommendations after the 2015 World Cup, including sending some boys back to first-class cricket for at least a season so they can regain their hunger for the game and rethink their approach and attitude to play for Pakistan, but no recommendation was implemented [by the PCB]," he explained.

Waqar was appointed as the coach of the Pakistan team in for a period of two years in 2014.