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Waqar Younis to skip second Test to spend time with his family
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Waqar Younis to skip second Test to spend time with his family

Pakistan bowling coach Waqar Younis will not be accompanying the side for their second Test against New Zealand after being granted leave by the PCB in order to spend time with his family.

Waqar has been unable to meet his family since June and has been with the Pakistan team non-stop since the England tour.

He was expected to link up with his family in Sydney in September but had to return to Pakistan following the tragic demise of his father.

Waqar will now be absent for the second game of Pakistan's two-match Test series and will rejoin the side in Lahore on January 17 in time for the home encounters against South Africa.

Pakistan are scheduled to host South Africa for two Test matches and three T20Is starting with the Karachi Test on January 26.

“Considering Waqar has not seen his family since June and taking into account that our home series against South Africa, which follows the series against New Zealand, doesn’t finish until 14 February, we took a pragmatic view of his request and have allowed him to return home early so that he can spend additional time with his wife and children," said Pakistan manager Mansoor Rana.

"If he had returned to Lahore with the side after the second Test, he would have only got a week to spend with them. For all of us, families always come first and we have in the past made similar exemptions so that our team members are able to achieve the correct work-life balance.”

Waqar was appointed Pakistan's bowling coach last year as part of the team's coaching staff overhaul following the 2019 World Cup. He has previously served in the same role and has been Pakistan's head coach on two separate occasions.

Pakistan's first Test against New Zealand will begin on December 26 at the Bay Oval in Mount Maunganui.