Waqar criticises Afridi's decisions in World T20 performance report

Pakistan head coach says players failed to execute game plans against opposing teams


Sports Desk March 28, 2016
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Pakistan head coach Waqar Younis on Monday criticised T20I captain Shahid Afridi's 'specific decisions' in a report to be presented to an inquiry committee, Express News reported.

Younis has prepared a report citing a number of reasons, including fitness of players as the main culprit behind team’s failure in the World T20. The report will be presented to an inquiry committee tomorrow.

In his report, Younis further states that the players were unable to execute the game plan during the World T20 where they lost three out of the four matches in Group 2.

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The report also criticises T20I captain Shahid Afridi specific decisions during Pakistan’s loss to India, New Zealand and Australia. Moreover, the 44-year-old recommended that drastic measures need to be taken for the betterment of Pakistan cricket.

Pakistan team was able to bag only win in their World T20 campaign and that too against Bangladesh.

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Earlier on Friday, Waqar lamented the decline of Pakistan cricket after his team were knocked out of the World Twenty20 with a disappointing 21-run defeat against Australia.

“We have just lost the match and whatever I say will look like an excuse,” Younis, 44, said at a post-match press conference. “If we think deeply we will see that Pakistan hasn’t seen any international cricket for last seven-eight years and that has hurt us. And that has started showing now.”

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“Earlier we had match winners like Saeed Ajmal and Mohammad Hafeez who could bowl. Yes, I would say that Pakistan cricket is in a bit of a decline and we need to control it. We will have to look at our domestic cricket and infrastructure," he added.

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COMMENTS (11)

Raju Indian | 5 years ago | Reply Guys - why blame poor Afridi alone. In fact, Afridi needs to be complemented for taking up a sure-shot losing cause. Who in the country was willing to take on captaincy instead of him? No one raised his hand during the competition to show they want to play for the country. Everyone was scared and worried and somehow wanted to get back into the hut doing whatever little they could. Except perhaps some spunk by Amir and occasionally by Wahab (perhaps fearing their roles) no one seemed to care. Afridi at least kept the morale high and kept trying. Is it his fault that local cricket is dead? Is it his fault that the system has not identified better players than him? At the end of the day, he was the best available guy Pakistan could produce in the time allotted - no matter what the reasons.
ramallah khan | 5 years ago | Reply Waqar forgets that even Bangla desh & Afghanistan don't have much of International exposure still they have improved so much then Pakistan also can do so. If matches are not played in Pakistan then today UAE pitches are virtually made for Pak matches they have too much of practice there in front of the full Asian crowd, what difference does it make. Pak team today just needs encouragement to do better and they'll do better. Do not discourage and demoralize them.
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