Cricket: Waqar predicts bright future

Pakistan’s progress amid controversies gives former coach hope.

Fawad Hussain November 20, 2011

SHARJAH: Former Pakistan coach Waqar Younis is all praise for the national team’s impressive performance amid a plethora of controversies and has predicted a bright future for his former charges in the coming months.

Ever since the spot-fixing controversy raised its ugly head last year, Pakistan’s on-field run has been impressive, with the team remaining unbeaten in five Test series during the intervening period that saw Salman Butt, Mohammad Asif and Mohammad Amir being jailed.

The team’s show has given a lot of hope to the legendary fast-bowler, who believed that Pakistan could now go on to reach even greater heights.

“The present team has done very well amid all the controversies,” Younis told The Express Tribune. “It has the potential to be ranked among the top two teams in the coming months.

“Our cricket has suffered a lot due to all the controversies but I am very happy with the way Pakistan have performed on the field during the tough time.”

‘Credit goes to Misbah’

The former captain was also impressed with Misbahul Haq’s captaincy.

“I must give a big share of the credit to Misbah, who has marshalled the team well in both One-Day Internationals and Tests. All the other players have also supported him well, contributing to the team’s progress.”

The former coach also lauded the performances of young wicket-keepers Adnan Akmal and Sarfraz Ahmed but said that they still needed time to prove themselves.

However, Younis felt that it was too early to judge Mohsin Khan, who replaced him as interim coach for the ongoing series against Sri Lanka.

“Definitely, if the team is winning the coach should also be credited. But it is still too early to assess Mohsin’s ability as coach.”

Defends Ijaz on corruption allegations 

Younis defended his former teammate and Pakistan’s assistant coach Ijaz Ahmed, who has been linked with fixing claims from several quarters.

“Ijaz has been a part of the team management for several years now and he has doing a good job with the team,” added Younis.

Published in The Express Tribune, November 21st, 2011.


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