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Pak­istan head coach Waqar You­nis has “begged for­give­ness from the na­tion” in the wake of the side’s elim­i­na­tion from the ICC World Twenty20 at the group stages. When Pak­istan ar­rived back in La­hore at the week­end, huge crowds shouted “Shame! Shame!” at the play­ers and staff fol­low­ing a cam­paign which saw only one vic­tory, against Bangladesh, and de­feats to In­dia, Aus­tralia and New Zealand. Waqar, who is in his sec­ond spell as coach and whose con­tract is due to ex­pire in May, said he would of­fer to re­sign if it im­proves Pak­istan’s crick­et­ing for­tunes. He said: “I place my hands to­gether and beg for­give­ness from the na­tion. If my leav­ing makes things bet­ter, then I would do it with­out de­lay.” Also un­der fire is Pak­istan cap­tain Shahid Afridi who is ex­pected to make an an­nounce­ment soon about his fu­ture.

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