KARACHI: Former skipper and fast bowler Waqar Younis has blasted the Pakistani senior players for delaying their retirement, specially when they have passed the peak of their career.
He has also asked the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) to ensure fitness of players to avoid debacles like the World Cup 2019.
Without taking any name, Waqar Younis said nobody told our senior players to retire gracefully at the right time until they marred their careers with patches of bad fitness and performances. He also rued over the fact that for ages we keep making changes for a World Cup squad till the eleventh hour. “For the last so many years, we see the same pattern. At the last moment, seniors are brought in for the fear of losing in a big event.”
Pakistan could not cruise into semifinals of the recently concluded World Cup, which was won by hosts England.
The legendary bowler seemed unmoved by the team’s bouncing back and winning last four matches, after some initial mishaps. He believed that they should not have been in such a murky position in the first place. He also lamented at the last-gasp victory against Afghanistan.
He termed compromise on fitness and seniority matters in selection as the biggest reasons behind the Green Shirts failure.
“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 Younis said few years ago he had given a comprehensive plan to the board in which he had recommended to make no compromise on fitness, develop players who score 3-4 runs an over and ask seniors to retire at the right time, but nothing materialized.
He also expressed concern over the abusive criticism that the players were targeted with after defeats in the World Cup matches. He said criticism should be civilized and one should not fall below decency.