"I've regarded him as one of the best in the world for last 20-30 years. Even in South Africa, I don't think they have produced anybody like Steyn in the past. For me Steyn is definitely the number one bowler," the former skipper said, rating him ahead of Allan Donald.
Asked to compare Steyn with Australia's in-form pacer Mitchell Johnson, Waqar said: "It's difficult to answer but I think both are fine bowlers. Mitchell has just found his rhythm in the last few months. Steyn has been outstanding for say last 10 years.
"I don't think you can compare them. I think Steyn is far better. At the moment of course Mitchell has got his rhythm going for him," Waqar said on the sidelines of the launch of Cricket Association of Bengal's Vision 2020 programme to groom youngsters.
Waqar will be in charge of the pace camp, while Sri Lankan spin wizard Muttiah Muralitharan will help the spinners in a pool of youngsters in a three-year contract.
Waqar incidentally was promised an important role in the PCB set up but the board named Moin Khan as the coach for the Asia Cup and the upcoming World Twenty20.
But the legendary bowler tried to play down the issue. "PCB has not promised anything. I've come here with an open mind. I'm here to give my best. Hopefully, today afternoon I'll see some players," said Waqar.
"As far as PCB is concerned nothing has been promised, I don't think one should worry about that," he said.


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