We need a new wicket-keeper: Waqar

Published: April 4, 2011
Pakistan coach urged the selectors to find a new wicket-keeper after Kamran’s uninspiring performance. PHOTO: AFP

Pakistan coach urged the selectors to find a new wicket-keeper after Kamran’s uninspiring performance. PHOTO: AFP


While Pakistan coach Waqar Younis has requested cricket selectors against make drastic changes following the team’s defeat against India in the World Cup semi-final, he has urged them to replace wicket-keeper Kamran Akmal immediately.

Waqar emphasised the need to maintain a balance between youth and experience in the squad and build a cricket team but urged the selectors to look for a new wicket-keeper and provide full training and grooming in that department.

“This debate over the wicket-keeper’s performance is a difficult one but I think the Pakistan team now needs a younger wicket-keeper who can carry the load for the next few years,” said Waqar. “I’m not trying to overshadow the selection committee with my point of view but it’s definitely the right time to groom a wicket-keeper now.”

Avoid massive changes

“It’s routine for people to ask for radical changes and induction of young blood after a team crashes out of the World Cup. I consent with the idea that it is time to build a new team but that does not mean you replace all the players with youngsters like it was done after the 2003 World Cup.

“We need to maintain a balance between experience and youth which will ensure stability in the team.”

Coach admits poor fielding

Talking to journalists in his first interaction after his return from the World Cup, Waqar said that the overall performance of the team was not bad to earn national dejection.  He added that the target in the semi-final was not unachievable but Pakistan failed due to the team’s poor fielding.

“Losing the semi-final to India was disappointing but the team did well to reach the last-four stage even though we were considered the under-dogs when the competition started. We let the opposition overwhelm us and we failed to handle pressure at various points in the match. We also lost wickets at the wrong time.

“But these are all excuses. We missed various chances and more importantly India played better than us and went on to win the World Cup.”

‘Let’s avoid controversies’

Waqar, who still has a year left in his contract with the Pakistan Cricket Board, said he believes that controversies can be groundless, ruling out Sachin Tendulkar’s controversial leg-before decision that was overturned by the tv umpire.

“Mistakes were there aplenty. We mistimed our Powerplays, had a wrong batting order or even bowling combination but these are all part of the game. What’s important is that you learn from your mistakes.”

The coach, however, refused to make any comments regarding the umpire referral system, insisting everyone should try and avoid controversies. The selectors will meet today to discuss the squad for Pakistan’s tour of West Indies.

Published in The Express Tribune, April 5th,  2011.

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Reader Comments (22)

  • Sharique
    Apr 5, 2011 - 12:42AM

    kamran’s kid learning ABCD
    A for Akmal
    B for Ball
    C for Catch
    D for DropRecommend

    Apr 5, 2011 - 1:16AM

    Yes Kamran Akmal has been dropping alot of catches recently, if it weren’t for Shahid Afridi taking all those important wickets in WC Pakistan team would have been kicked out of WC tournament along ago. Bless you Afridi for taking us to Semi which was hard to believe our team could do that but you made it happen with ur awesome bowling attack, I love you!

    Out of 10 World cups, Pakistan made to 6 Semi-Finals and two Finals. Awesome job.Recommend

  • UA
    Apr 5, 2011 - 3:06AM

    Lo g. Ab chota akmal injur ho jae ga aur PCB kuch nai karay ga.
    What the hell. Why don’t these ppl play for their country…Recommend

  • ace
    Apr 5, 2011 - 4:23AM

    oh about time dude!!!!…….Recommend

  • Apr 5, 2011 - 6:17AM

    i think this is good decision. we need good and young wicket keeper. Kamran Akmal is also good but he is also good batsman. i like Kamran. Recommend

  • ahmad
    Apr 5, 2011 - 7:52AM

    yes i m agree with waqar pak should a younger wicket keperRecommend

  • Ali
    Apr 5, 2011 - 10:12AM

    It is very Important to get rid of Kamran Akmal (catch dropper machine), but I also suggest not to introduce his brother Adnan Akmal. Becuz we saw Kamran Akmal and Umer Akmal politics serveral times in the past. PCB should promote Sarfaraz Ahmed. And not to select entire Akmal’s family.Recommend

  • irfan
    Apr 5, 2011 - 10:45AM

    we need kamran akmal for our pakistan team as a batsmanRecommend

  • irfan
    Apr 5, 2011 - 10:46AM

    we need kamran akmal for our pakteam as a batsmanRecommend

  • Hamza A. Khan
    Apr 5, 2011 - 11:15AM

    I fear for Sarfaraz. He had a brilliant first-class season this term. He was always the best keeper in the country for the past couple of years, but questions remained regarding his batting. Those questions were answered emphatically this season with a series of dominant displays in the Sind team’s middle order in the pentangular cup. However,I fear that the selectors will select Adnan because of obvious ethnic reasons.Recommend

  • Hamza A. Khan
    Apr 5, 2011 - 11:20AM


    500 runs almost in 5 games for Sarfaraz. Defnitely deserves a run-in in the test team ahead of AdnanRecommend

  • pl/sql
    Apr 5, 2011 - 11:32AM

    I think the Pakistani team should retain Kamran Akmal if not for his batting at least for his keeping skills. He reminds me of Gilly the greatest wicket keeper batsmen EVER!Recommend

  • MK
    Apr 5, 2011 - 11:46AM

    I thought K.Akmal was an Indian player (dropping catches) and Tendulkar was Pakistani player (giving away catches). Recommend

  • Apr 5, 2011 - 12:07PM

    ya absolutely it is a right decision to replace the kamran with a new energetic wicket keeper, beside kamran, misbah, yunus and razaq also needs to be replaced.Recommend

  • hammad ahmad
    Apr 5, 2011 - 12:51PM

    Yes we want new wicketkeeper but what’s Waqar bhai say about our Batsman !!!Recommend

  • M. Tauseef Barlas
    Apr 5, 2011 - 1:44PM

    but they not learn lesson from their past mistakes. it seems that unity is absent in the team and nobody talks with each other once the match is finish.
    always same mistakes, batting failure & fielding. will they ever learn lesson.Recommend

  • not pl/sql
    Apr 5, 2011 - 2:43PM

    @pl/sql: You really need to get a life or get a job or something! I rarely see an article go by where you don’t put your hate filled crap! Recommend

  • Abdullah
    Apr 5, 2011 - 5:36PM

    Kamran Akmal’s father in law is a known bookie! That says it allRecommend

  • Asad Baig
    Apr 5, 2011 - 5:37PM

    Sarfaraz Ahmed should now be included in the team.We need a Wicketkeeper first.No use scoring 50 runs if you drop 3-4 catches in every game.I agree with the comments of Ali that Akmal Family should not be included in team to avoid the repeat of Kamran and Umar Akmal selfish behaviour of promoting self rather than country. I will appeal to chairman of selectors, Mr.Mohsin Khan to please give deserving players a chance like Sarfaraz Ahmed and others rather than making Pakistan Team a Family Team in which brothers from same family can hold the entire team hostage.Recommend

  • Sabih Shad
    Apr 5, 2011 - 5:59PM

    Kamran can continue as a batsman. Need to retire Younis and Misbah! A keeper can come in their place.Recommend

  • Muhammad Rafi
    Apr 5, 2011 - 8:57PM

    yes we need a better keeper than kamran akmal but he is a good batsman. he shuold to play as a batsman not keeper because he is dangerous batsman not good keeper.Recommend

  • Subhash
    Apr 5, 2011 - 9:41PM

    @not pl/sql,Pls look for a job,how you are getting time to read all the nonsense which pl/sql writes??Recommend

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