‘Leakage of Waqar’s report an institutional failure’

ISLAMABAD: Minister for Inter-Provincial Coordination (IPC) Riaz Hussain Pirzada Monday said that leakage of the report of head coach Waqar Younis to media was an institutional failure.

“I think leakage of the report is weakness of institutions. Principally speaking it should not have been revealed,” he told reporters here at the Pakistan Sports Complex without naming Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB).

Waqar had submitted his confidential report to PCB Chairman Shahryar Khan after the national team’s exit in the ongoing T20 World Cup in India. The report, however, was got leaked to the media. The head coach had expressed anger at the leakage of the report stating that he had personally submitted the report and how it got leaked he could not understand.

Pirzada, who earlier had a detailed meeting with Waqar, said that the former fast bowler was a national hero, who had won several matches for the country.

Waqar called on the minister at his office and apprised him of the reasons of Pakistan team’s poor showing in the ongoing T20 World Cup and loopholes in the cricket set-up.

The minister said cricketers were ambassadors of the country. “They go to other countries and play for Pakistan, showing how much resolute as a nation we are. Hence, we should respect them and enjoy watching their game.”

He said Waqar had presented him the report about Pakistan team’s performance and assured that he would present the same to the Prime Minister.

Waqar on the occasion said that he had presented a confidential report to the minister. The report did not contain anything about rifts or grouping within Pakistan team, he added.

He said he had informed the minister about the issues of Pakistan cricket.

Meanwhile a press release issued here by the IPC Ministry said during Waqar’s meeting with the IPC Minister he had stressed theneed of raising budget for domestic cricket. He said there was a need for complete revamping of Pakistan cricket.

The minister said new talent should also be encouraged and should be given space. He also assured his support to the national team coach saying, “We have to mend Pakistan cricket professionally.”