Educate young players to avoid controversy: Waqar

Karachi: Pakistan cricket coach Waqar Younis has stressed the need of imparting education to young cricketers in avoiding controversy, after his embattled team arrived home from their England tour to a quiet reception in the home country.

Talking to reporters at Lahore airport, Younis said that the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) needed to start educating players from the under-17 and under-19 age groups on how to conduct themselves after joining the senior national team, a Pakistan daily reported.

“We need to educate our players on how to carry themselves, on how to avoid controversies and not get entangled with shady characters,” he said.

In the wake of the spot-fixing allegations engulfing the visiting team, Younis noted that the England tour had been a testing and difficult one for the Pakistani side.

“It was not an easy tour at all in cricketing terms and also because of the off the field controversies. But we have learnt a lot from it,” he said.

However, the former Test captain appreciated that the team had done well to win matches in difficult circumstances, but added that there was still a need for the selectors and coaching staff to reassess the team.

“Hopefully before our next series against South Africa we will know the fate of the three players and the situation would be clearer, but we need more young blood for the team,” he added.

Pakistan is scheduled to play a test series against South Africa in the United Arab Emirates in October and November.