Yousuf wants Waqar replaced by foreign coach

Published: December 11, 2015
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Mohammad Yousuf. PHOTO: AFP

Mohammad Yousuf. PHOTO: AFP

Former Pakistan captain Mohammad Yousuf believes the appointment of foreign coaches and support staff will help the Pakistan team improve.

“The team’s performances will only improve under a foreign coach and support staff,” said Yousuf.

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Pakistan recently lost the ODI and T20I series against England in the UAE, and as a result slipped in the rankings in both formats.

“If the present scenario continues, Pakistan will go further down the rankings because next year you have to go to England and Australia for full series,” he added.

However, the former batting stalwart said that foreign coaches such as Dav Whatmore or Geoff Lawson, who were afraid to take tough decisions to save their jobs, should not be entertained again.

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“Such coaches are not required,” said Yousuf. “You need an established coach; someone like the late Bob Woolmer who did a lot to improve our overall cricket mindset and team.”

Yousuf said current head coach Waqar Younis’ ego will not allow for change in the present scenario.

“No, I don’t think much will change. He has massive ego problems and personal likes and dislikes. He works on an agenda where he doesn’t want senior players in his side,” said Yousuf, a former teammate of Waqar.

“I don’t think he can change himself, so it is for the PCB to decide what they want to do. We all have a lot of respect and admiration for Waqar as a player but as a coach he has failed not once but twice. He has not learnt from the mistakes he made in his previous tenure.”

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The 41-year-old also questioned the rapid changes made to the Pakistan limited over sides, saying that it had become somewhat of a joke.

“You don’t hand out debuts to 12 or 13 players in all three formats in just eight months despite having senior players who just need to be given more confidence by the team management and selectors,” said Yousuf. “I don’t understand what future Waqar talks about when he is wasting and discouraging available talent.”

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Reader Comments (5)

  • Shahid
    Dec 11, 2015 - 8:58PM

    Support it 100 %. Get rid of Waqar younis. He is ruining the game. Also support foreign established coach.No local coach will be able to stand against Purchi systemRecommend

  • syed & syed
    Dec 12, 2015 - 2:29AM

    I cannot under stand what Mr. Yousaf is asking for a foreign national. Is there dearth of Pakistani cricketers. Certainly they must have patriotic feelings and personal likes and dislikes. If the state of affairs continues say Good Bye to cricket and go for Foot Ball and you can get good players from LyariRecommend

  • ajeet
    Dec 12, 2015 - 3:42AM

    Without mustache and with his long beard, he looks like a male goat in heat.Recommend

  • Amir
    Dec 14, 2015 - 1:48PM

    Alot of respect for Yousaf bahi but do not agree with him on this. Pakistan has not achieved much under David Whtmore when Ajmal and Hafeez etc were allowed to bowl. Keeping in mind Pakistan batting coach is Grant Flower whole is not Pakistani and Pakistan is failing because of batting and also fielding and poor running which is not done by Pakistani coaches. Only section Pakistan is doing well is bowling and that is looked after by Waqar and Mushtaq so credit must be given to them.

    Selection was also below par as batsman like Mehmand should even not be in the club team and he has been picked for national team.Recommend

  • Jawad
    Dec 16, 2015 - 10:16AM

    100% Correct. Our ex-sportsmen and those who otherwise are picked from within are already much politicized to take independent decisions. Waqar has been messing up with the performers like Abdur Razzak, M Yousuf, Shoaib Akhter and Younus… the team has not achieved much under his coaching either and he has been there for so long. Waqar should quit and a foreign coach should be brought in.Recommend

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