Sports Desk I want to earn the same respect and admiration which I had earlier as a player of national team, Pakistan cricket team coach Waqar Younis said. Talking to media persons, Waqar said: As a coach, I am giving the same commitment like I did when I was a player. The intensity and hunger has not gone down. As a coach of the Pakistan cricket team, I want to earn the same respect and appreciation as I earned during my playing days. Whenever I leave my position, I would like to do it with my head held high. Despite all the bad phase that Pakistan cricket is going through, Waqar is upbeat that his players are capable of surprising everyone. He said: People say we are a young team and we have no senior players or a true leader. However, they forget that young players played a key role in the 1992 World Cup. They also went on to become great players in Pakistan cricket history. He added: My job is to help the youngsters adapt to the conditions and pressure of international cricket and make them perform well. I am trying my best to use my experience and exposure for the benefit of the team. With the team preparing for the World Cup, Waqar accepted that his main concern is keeping the players fit. There are few fitness issues with Misbah-ul-Haq, Wahab Riaz and Khurrum Manzoor but it is not serious. With World Cup approaching, its a players responsibility to be match fit, said Waqar. Waqar also accepted that under Javed Miandads guidance during the national camp in Lahore players have become more technically sound. I am someone who is trying to give the same commitment and responsibility to the team as coach like I did as player. I want to leave my coaching position with the , the former Test captain and fast bowler saidWaqar, who was named head coach of the team in place of Intikhab Alam this year after a disastrous tour of Australia, was also confident that the present Pakistani team was capable of surprising everyone and silencing the critics in the upcoming tour of New Zealand and in the 2011 World Cup. There is talk about the team being without some of its leading and senior players and how it will impact our performance in the World Cup. People forget that when Imran Khan led Pakistan to the 1992 World Cup, young players in that team played a pivotal role in the success and went on to become star performers for Pakistan. I see my job as a platform for providing exposure and the perfect conditions for youngsters to come into international cricket and to remain there, he added. Waqar said he was a great believer in young talent and had done his best to adjust them into the team properly. Whatever experience I have I am trying my best to ensure that the players benefit from it. Human beings make mistakes and I am also prone to mistakes. But at the end of the day just how committed you are to you responsibility is what matters the most. The rest God is there to reward you, said Waqar. The former captain felt that his biggest challenge at the moment was to ensure that there were minimum fitness issues with the team going into the World Cup. The players also have a responsibility to ensure they maintain their fitness for the World Cup while also performing well on the tour of New Zealand, he said, adding that Misbah-ul-Haq, Wahab Riaz and Khurrum Manzoor have minor fitness issues but they were not of serious nature. Waqar also said that the induction of Javed Miandad in the national camp had helped remove some of the issues with the technique of the batsmen. Our bowling line up is a good one but the batsmen will have to also deliver consistently in New Zealand. Meanwhile, Pakistan cricket team will play three Twenty20s, two Tests and six ODIs against New Zealand during the series. Complete NZ tour schedule: Dec 23: Pakistan vs Auckland at Auckland Dec 26: first T20 at Eden Park Auckland Dec 28: 2nd T20 at Seedon Park, Hamilton Dec 30: 3rd T20 at AMI Stadium Christchurch Jan 2 to 4: 3-day game vs New Zealand XI at Cobham Oval, New Whangarei Jan 7 to 11: first Test Seddon Park, Hamilton Jan 15 to 19: 2nd Test at Basin Reserve, Wellington Jan 22: first ODI at Westpac Stadium Wellington Jan 26: 2nd ODI Queenstown Events Centre Jan 29: 3rd ODI AMI Stadium Christchurch Feb 1: 4th ODI McLeans Park, Napier.