Waqar also may retire tomorrow


WEB DESK: Waqar Younis has today said the match against Australia tomorrow would likely be his last as head coach.

This was said by the coach while talking to players today one of the players told a local news website.

Earlier, skipper Shahid Afridi also hinted at his retirement from Twenty20 format after the match tomorrow.

Waqar was believed to carry on till the tour of England in the summer but the board is already considering the otherwise. Former fast bowler Aqib Javed might take the position of head coach.

Waqar has also told some PCB officials that he would give his resignation after the World T20 instead of facing the axe.

In a post match press conference, Waqar Younis said today that the team’s performance was ‘not good enough’ against New Zealand.

He added that Pakistan team don’t  deserve to be in semi final round.  Starting off with a blistering win against Bangladesh, Pakistan has lost consecutively against India and New Zealand.

The coach felt disappointed as middle order batsmen couldn’t materialize a good start by Sharjeel Khan to chasing 181 runs. Sharjeel made 47 off 25 balls but still Pakistan lost by 22 runs.

“I think the platform we needed, we had got that. I think they bowled really well, one must admit that. In the middle, I think we couldn’t find the boundaries, which were important. And simply not good enough, I guess,” said the coach.

Stating that it was “very painful” to see the batsmen repeating the same mistakes, Waqar said: “I think the cricket board and the selectors will have to take a call. Once again, I will say, not good enough.”

On some batsmen complaining that they are not getting to bat at the desired positions, the former pacer said,

“Twenty20 cricket is such a format where one should adjust and be able to adapt to the conditions. Those who are raising this issue that they are not getting to bat at desired position, there could not have been a better opportunity after Sharjeel created the platform.”

Having lost two out of three games, Pakistan are virtually out of the competition but Waqar said he would not like to lose hope.