It was not fair on Younis Khan's part to make those comments: Waqar Younis
Pakistan head coach Waqar Younis has expressed his disappointment at the comments made by senior batsman Younis Khan about the national team management.
Karachi: Pakistan head coach Waqar Younis has expressed his disappointment at the comments made by senior batsman Younis Khan about the national team management.
"By saying that he would have been dropped from the Test side if he had not got that hundred in the 3rd Test against Sri Lanka, Younis has not been fair," Waqar told the 'Express' newspaper from Colombo.
The former Pakistan captain and fast bowling legend also dismissed Younis's grievances about not being supported by the team management including captain Misbah-ul-Haq and Waqar.
"That is not correct Younis is a legend in Pakistan cricket with his performances," Waqar added.
Younis, who scored a match winning 177 runs in the third Test earlier this month recently caused a stir in his interviews given during the Eid holidays.
Without taking names, Younis had openly suggested that he had not been treated fairly by the captain and coach.
"I don't know if I had not scored those 177 runs in the fourth innings of the third Test in Sri Lanka, what would have happened. Most probably, I would have been dropped. But this is not the way to treat senior players they need to be given confidence and I have always played for and give my best for Pakistan," Younis said.
Younis a veteran of 101 Tests and 264 ODIs also made it clear, he was not happy at being dropped from the one-day squad.
"Why can't I play ODI cricket? What is wrong with me? Am I not fit or good enough? If I had been given a chance in the recent home series against Zimbabwe I would definitely have got runs," Younis had questioned.
"We had no intention to drop Younis and it is not correct to say we put pressure on him. As far as his ambition to play one-day cricket is concerned if the need arises he will play," Waqar defended.
Waqar said as head coach he had always given a lot of support to Younis, who was a legend who had done a lot for the country. He is our hero and there was no pressure put on Younis.
The former captain said that number of young players who were more aggressive had come up and were doing well but if the need arose Younis would be considered for selection in ODI cricket.
The PCB has ruled out any disciplinary action against Younis insisting they didn't want to create controversy and wanted to move on.
Najam Sethi who heads the powerful executive committee in the PCB since resigning as Chairman last year admitted Younis had some harsh words to say but insisted the board had no intention of taking any action.