Abdul Razzaq blames Waqar Younis for Pakistan cricket downfall

SANDIPAN GHOSH / 23 April 2016

Former Pakistan all-rounder Abdul Razzaq has blamed Waqar Younis for the downfall of Pakistan cricket.

Former Pakistan captain Waqar Younis recently resigned from the Pakistan coach which he was appointed in May 2014. However, Razzaq is not happy with Waqar’s coaching as he believed that Waqar has done a huge damage to Pakistan cricket team.

Razzaq said, “It is no secret and I am witness to this that Waqar never wanted or respected senior players and was never able to treat all players equally and fairly which resulted in disharmony in the team. He himself is responsible for causing insecurity among the players and not being able to give them enough confidence to perform well for the country.”

Waqar Younis

Razzaq played 46 Tests, 265 ODIs and 32 T20Is for Pakistan in his international career, which was ran from 1996 to 2013. The right-handed batsman and right-arm pacer retired from the international cricket in the early January.

Razzaq also criticised the decision to appoint Misbah-ul-Haq and Younis Khan as advisors, which was made by PCB (Pakistan Cricket Board).

The former Pakistan all-rounder questioned, “Tell me if today Pakistan is at the bottom in limited-overs cricket who is responsible? Obviously, the very people who have been playing for the last six-seven years. So what advice will they give to the board!”

Razzaq also questioned the dedication of some former players to Pakistan cricket. He said, “They are some players who are only interested in good jobs and positions. How many want to work at the grass root level and really do something productive for Pakistan cricket?”

Razzaq believed the main problem in the Pakistan cricket team is the team selection and the team management. He said, “We don’t even know who is good for which format and we keep on tinkering with the teams all the time and we expected good results. Look at our performances. Our rankings have been going down since the last few years.”

However, Razzaq also expressed happiness with the decision to appoint Inzamam-ul-Haq as the chief selector. Razzaq stated on it with his experiences, “I have played with him and under his captaincy and if he follows the same principles he followed as a captain, then he will be do something good for Pakistan cricket. Inzamam never played players on the basis of their statistics. He always played those players who he believed could deliver for Pakistan and he always stood by their selection and fought for them.”

The 36-years old all-rounder has also wished to make a comeback in the domestic cricket and impress the national selectors once again.

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