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    Waqar Younis will quit as Pakistan coach for medical reasons after next month's tour of Zimbabwe, he said on Saturday.

    Waqar, whose contract was due to run until 2012, announced his resignation at a news conference in Lahore

    "I have no issues with anyone but because of medical reasons I have decided I can't continue as coach after the Zimbabwe tour," said the former fast bowling great without elaborating.

    "The PCB (Pakistan Cricket Board) has accepted my resignation," he added.

    Waqar, 39, lives in Sydney and the board's chief operating officer Subhan Ahmad told Reuters that he needed to go to Australia for treatment.

    "We didn't want him to go but after he explained things to us we understood he needed to be with his family," Ahmad said.

    "We are thankful to him that he agreed to go to Zimbabwe. We will now begin the process of looking at suitable candidates for the coaching position," he added.

    Former Test captain Waqar was appointed coach after the team suffered a poor tour of Australia last year.

    His resignation comes at a time when the PCB has just made wholesale changes to the backroom staff, removing long-serving manager Intikhab Alam and assistant coaches Aaqib Javed and Shahid Aslam.

    The board said the trio needed to give more time to their duties at the national cricket academy.

    Governing board member Naveed Akram Cheema will be the manager in Zimbabwe and former Test batsman Ijaz Ahmed the assistant coach.
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