Pakistan Head Coach Waqar Younis has squashed rumors of his differences with skipper Shahid Afridi and said that the World T20 in India represents Afridi’s last chance to win a major trophy.
“Shahid is at the twilight of his career and I think this is the last chance for him to win something big,” the Pakistan coach said in a press conference in Lahore minutes after Islamabad gave the PCB clearance to send the team to India.
The former captain said that he is relieved that the speculation surrounding the team’s World T20 participation has ended and that they are finally traveling to India.
“It is a good development because we want to go to India and do well there. We are looking forward to the match with India on March 19,” Waqar said.
Waqar admitted that the team’s limited-overs performance in recent months has been below-par.
“In the last six months our form has kept on slipping but I think the World T20 gives us a very good platform to bounce back strongly.”
Waqar said that despite the threats and the prevailing difficult situation, he hopes the team can rise to the occasion.
“It is good we are going to India to play cricket and we are looking to our visit there in the positive light. The players want to do well and cheer up their legions of fans,” he stated.
Waqar has dismissed reports about this differences with Shahid Afridi and said that both got along well and want Pakistan to do well in World T20.
Afridi, who has been stopped from interacting with the media, after a couple of tweets that didn’t go down well with the PCB officials, has come under immense pressure after Pakistan’s dismal showing in the Asia Cup.
Afridi faces the biggest test of his career as he leads Pakistan into the World T20 but Waqar backed his skipper saying that it is unfair to blame the captain for the poor performance of the team.