Waqar Younis slams Shahid Afridi after Pakistan’s World T20 debacle

first_imgCoach Waqar Younis has criticised captain Shahid Afridi for his casual attitude during the Asia Cup and ICC World Twenty20 in a report submitted to the Pakistan Cricket Board. According to ESPNCricinfo, who claim to have a copy of Waqar’s report, the former Pakistan skipper has also questioned PCB’s selection criteria.”Shahid Afridi didn’t attend few meetings, practice – and this is not how a captain leads from the front. (Also Read: Ramiz Raja, Mohammad Yousuf blame Waqar Younis for Pakistan’s decline)”We lost to New Zealand, Asia Cup and the World T20 due to poor captaincy. Over several occasions, I had made it clear that Shahid Afridi was not performing with the bat, ball or as a captain but I was not listened to. Poor tactics, really cost us matches. A meeting was held after the New Zealand T20 series, where the boys emphasised that they felt confused with what the captain was telling them to do,” the report stated.Pakistan suffered early exits at the Asia Cup and World T20 and also lost series in New Zealand prior to the mega event.About the selection criteria, Waqar also slammed selection of Umar Akmal and Ahmed Shehzad and further recommended the duo to go back to domestic cricket. (Also Read: Shahid Afridi begs for forgiveness after Pakistan’s horror show in World T20)”All the time he (Akmal) managed to retain his place back in the team. Is this the criteria we are setting for the selection of a new player? Andrew Symonds was a very talented player for Australia or Kevin Pietersen for England but due to their behaviour they were dropped and never picked again irrespective of their talent.advertisement”Are we bold enough to take this step or do we fear the media or pressure from different people to play certain players? I can assure you that sacrificing one Umar Akmal will allow us to develop other players who can truly and proudly wear the star on their chest and represent Pakistan,” he said.Waqar said he was surprised by Shehzad’s recall into the side, calling the selectors “bullies”.”This was a complete knee-jerk reaction, how can you consider a player in one tour when you have dropped him in a previous tour? What is the criteria to be selected? To gain support from the media and then bring back into the team, this is bullying and not a good example for others to follow,” he said in his six-page report.last_img

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