Waqar Younis regrets Mohammad Amir, Wahab Riaz ditching Pakistan ‘at wrong time’
By: AP | Islamabad |

Published: April 7, 2020 6:52:36 pm


Waqar Younis throughout nets. (Source: Reuters)

Pakistan bowling coach Waqar Younis regrets quick bowlers Mohammad Amir and Wahab Riaz abandoning the Test aspect final 12 months “at the wrong time” earlier than the tour to Australia.

Without their expertise, Pakistan misplaced each Tests in Australia by an innings, every in 4 days. The inclusion of each left-arm pacers within the Twenty20 aspect didn’t repair a lot as Pakistan was additionally crushed in that sequence 2-0.

“Just before the series against Australia, they ditched us and we had the only choice to pick youngsters,” Waqar mentioned on Monday throughout a video convention with media organized by the Pakistan Cricket Board.

“We were the new management and decided to go with a younger lot and groom them. We cannot control players’ choice on what they want to play but then there should be a mechanism so we all are on board. It never should be like players leaving at the last moment and not taking anyone in the loop or giving enough time for backup.”

The 27-year-old Amir retired from Test cricket in July 2019 with a view to prolong his profession in white-ball cricket. Wahab, 34, took an indefinite break in September from Test cricket. The tour started in November.

“It’s not like I am saying we could have won in Australia but we could have done better than what we have done,” Waqar mentioned.

“But now we’ve got a bench and we’re constructing it up and increasing it in order that we can not face any issues going ahead.

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“It’s not like we have lost a lot, but yes they (Amir and Wahab) left us at the wrong time. But anyway, we don’t have any grudge against them. I still feel they have a lot to contribute in white-ball cricket and they should carry on playing for Pakistan. But we have got a lot of fast bowlers now.”

The selections embrace Naseem Shah, Shaheen Afridi, Mohammad Musa and Mohammad Hasnain.

Like all different sports activities, cricket has been halted by the coronavirus pandemic, and Waqar mentioned the Pakistan gamers have packages on learn how to keep motivated and match, plus food plan recommendation through the indefinite break from worldwide matches.

“It depends how lengthy this (break) will be … if it’s a shorter one with another one or two months and things start to get normal, then it won’t hurt,” he mentioned.

“But I will probably start to get worried after Ramadan and Eid (April-May), and if it goes further then that’s where I am afraid things will start to go out of hand, not for us but for the entire (cricketing) world.”

Cricketers equivalent to Azhar Ali, Babar Azam and Sarfaraz Ahmed have posted movies of coaching at dwelling on social media.

“These days, cricket doesn’t have gaps in between so this is the time a player can use to spend time with family and recharge his body,” Waqar mentioned. “I love watching the boys challenging each other on social media on fitness and having a good time. Of course, it is not the same (when you have a longer break); you have to be in your groove when it is time (to play).”

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