Pakistan's Younis to leave NZ tour early

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Pakistan's bowling coach Waqar Younis is set for a family reunion following a six-month hiatus after the country's cricket board (PCB) granted him leave to fly to see them in Lahore after the first Test against New Zealand.

Younis, whose family is usually based in Sydney, has been travelling with Pakistan since they toured England in June.

The 49-year-old attempted a reunion in NSW in September but his father passed away while Younis was in quarantine and he flew back to Pakistan for the funeral.

"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 February 14, we took a pragmatic view of his request," Pakistan manager Mansoor Rana said.

"(We) have allowed him to return home early so that he can spend additional time with his wife and children.

"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."

Pakistan face New Zealand in the first Test in Mount Maunganui from December 26-30, while the second Test begins on January 3 in Christchurch.

Pakistan's home series against South Africa starts on January 26.