Waqar blames Afridi for green-shirts con­sis­tent de­feats

Pakistan Observer - - SPORTS -

ISLAMABAD—For­mer head coach Waqar You­nis has sin­gled out Shahid Afridi for the side’s run of Twenty20 de­feats against Eng­land, New Zealand, in the Asia Cup and World T20.

In the re­port on his two-year ten­ure as Pak­istan coach, Waqar blamed Afridi’s poor form, cap­taincy and at­ti­tude for the na­tional team’s re­cent poor run.

Waqar, in his re­port, had said that green-shirts lost to New Zealand and in Asia Cup and T20 World Cup due to poor cap­taincy. “Afridi was not per­form­ing with bat, ball or cap­taincy but I was not lis­tened to. Meet­ing was held af­ter the NZ T20 se­ries where the boys em­pha­sized that they felt con­fused with what the cap­tain was telling them to do,” dec­ca­nchron­i­cle.com quoted the re­port as say­ing.

“Afridi was so fix­ated on his own per­for­mance that he did not ex­e­cute any game plan or use the right play­ers at the right time.

His sud­den de­ci­sions on chang­ing the bat­ting or­der or field place­ments did not help the team,” Waqar wrote.

He said Afridi ap­peared to be un­der so much pres­sure, it re­ally re­flected poorly on the team. “The whole team morale was down be­cause they all felt the pres­sure from the cap­tain. No mat­ter how many times I talk to the play­ers, it is the cap­tain who has to lead the boys on the field and ex­e­cute plans,” he said.

Speak­ing about the Pak­istan Cricket Board (PCB) and se­lec­tion mat­ters in the re­port, he said just be­fore the World Cup 2015 in Aus­tralia and New Zealand, he at­tended the se­lec­tion meet­ing in Karachi along with then cap­tain Mis­bah ul Haq.

“We had a long and fruit­ful meet­ing on sev­eral play­ers. As I ar­rived back in Lahore, a com­pletely dif­fer­ent team was an­nounced which I was not happy with, also af­ter drop­ping You­nis Khan from one se­ries, he was sud­denly put back into the team be­cause of me­dia pres­sure,” Waqar said.

On Umar Ak­mal, Waqar de­scribed him as an in­dis­ci­plined player. “Ak­mal was asked by Ha­roon Rasheed (for­mer chief se­lec­tor) to come the next day for fitness test to join the team in Sri Lanka for ODIs.In­stead he chose to catch a flight to Caribbean for a lu­cra­tive league with­out in­form­ing any­one.”

“Few months later, when he was caught in the Hy­der­abad in­ci­dent or mis­be­hav­ing with his do­mes­tic team coach, at all times he man­aged to re­tain his place in the team. Is this what cri­te­ria we are set­ting for se­lec­tion of new play­ers,” Waqar wrote in his re­port.—APP

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