Pakistan seniors don't retire on time, compromise team's fitness and form: Waqar Younis

Former Pakistan seamer Waqar Younis, without taking names, said senior members in the team keep playing and occupy spots for youngsters.

Press Trust of India, Jul 17, 2019 17:44:54 IST

Karachi: Senior Pakistan players are guilty of stretching their careers way after they are past their prime, said former captain Waqar Younis, urging the country's Cricket Board to make no compromises on fitness and form to avoid debacles like the just-concluded World Cup.

Pakistan seniors dont retire on time, compromise teams fitness and form: Waqar Younis

File image of Waqar Younis. Reuters

Pakistan were knocked out in the round-robin stage of the mega-event which ended with hosts England winning the title on Sunday.

"Till the last moment, our World Cup squad was not final and clear. There is a big problem that senior players try to linger on in their careers and there is no one to tell them it is time for them to retire gracefully," Waqar said without taking any specifying any names.

"For the last so many years, we see the same thing. At the last moment, seniors are brought in as the authorities are scared to lose in a big tournament," he added.

Lashing out at those defending Pakistan's performance in the World Cup on the basis of the fact that the team won its last four matches, Waqar made it clear the team should never have been in such a position.

"The way we struggled to win against Afghanistan in the final over it should not be like that. Our biggest problem is we make compromises in selection on fitness issues, seniority, and other matters," he said in an interview to the Daily Jang newspaper.

Waqar, who was replaced as head coach of the national team in 2016 by Mickey Arthur after a nearly two-and-half-year stint, said it was clear in the World Cup that the fitness of Pakistani players was way below the other competing sides in the tournament.

"After every World Cup, we see the same script in our cricket with only the characters changed. But this is not the way to move forward we need to assess where we are going wrong," he said.

"Every four years we do the same exercise change the captain, sack the coaches and shoot the chief selector and blame the domestic structure but this leads to nowhere and the same mistakes are repeated again," he added.

Waqar said five years back he had given a comprehensive plan to the Pakistan Cricket Board on how to take the game forward.

"I told them no compromises on fitness, development of players who can play at the rate of 3 and a half and 4 runs per over and seniors being told to retire at the right time but nothing came off it," he said.

Waqar also insisted that he had no ambitions to become the team's head coach again.

"There is a new set-up in the PCB and they have new ideas which is good but it is not necessary I can do something good for Pakistan cricket only being the head coach. I can do that in any position. If the PCB offers me something I will definitely think over it," he said.

But Waqar also expressed concern over the sort of the abusive criticism that the team was subjected to following its World Cup ouster.

"...I think criticism should be civilised and not personal and we shouldn't fall below decency standards," he said.

Updated Date: Jul 17, 2019 17:44:54 IST






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