Pak­istan need to dig deep to find heroes: Waqar

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"We don't need stars, we need heroes," Pak­istan head coach Waqar You­nis said out­side the Gaddafi Sta­dium in La­hore as he headed to a 'fact-find­ing meet­ing' called up by the Pak­istan Cricket Board (PCB) af­ter the na­tional side's dis­as­trous exit from the World Twent20. Waqar's squad in­cluded the likes of Ahmed She­hzad, Umar Ak­mal, Shoaib Ma­lik and skip­per Shahid Afridi.

The four play­ers are the 'stars' in Pak­istan's cur­rent line up but it wasn't clear who Waqar was point­ing at in his state­ment amid ru­mours of fac­tions within the team. "Pak­istan cricket is fac­ing nu­mer­ous prob­lems at present and many of those can't be spo­ken about in pub­lic," Waqar told re­porters.

"If those prob­lems are dis­closed in front of the peo­ple, it will bring a bad name to Pak­istan. It'll be bet­ter to dis­cuss it all in the PCB board­room."

The 44-year-old for­mer cap­tain said Pak­istan's de­cline on the in­ter­na­tional stage had left him deeply 'hurt'.

"I've been very hurt by the situation [that has sur­rounded Pak­istan cricket] and my com­ments in re­cent press con­fer­ences show it. And I apol­o­gize to the na­tion. "We need to dig deep to recog­nise and find those heroes." Shar­jeel Khan was Pak­istan's highest run-scorer with 112 runs in 4 matches while She­hzad, who was re­called to the team at the last minute, scored up 108 runs in as many World T20 out­ings.

Pak­istan skip­per Shahid Afridi and veteran all-rounder Shoaib Ma­lik scored less than 100 runs in 4 matches and failed to take re­spon­si­bil­ity when the side needed it. ' Boom Boom' was off colour with the ball as well as his side failed to make their pres­ence felt at the world event and crashed out in the group stage. PCB's fact-find­ing com­mit­tee con­venes in La­hore from Tues­day for a three-day pe­riod but it has been learnt that Waqar sub­mit­ted a 'damn­ing' re­port on the team's World T20 per­for­mance on Mon­day.

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