PCB officials irked with Waqar over ‘forced changes’ in team selection

Karachi: Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) officials are reportedly irked with outgoing coach Waqar Younis for not following the selection process decided prior to the start of the Zimbabwe tour.

It has been reliably learnt that Waqar made forced changes while selecting the Test and One-Day International (ODI) squads, acting against the strategy he agreed to before the team’s departure, a leading daily reports.

The PCB officials at home were reportedly appalled by Waqar’s take on a couple of players despite Pakistan winning the one-off Test and the first two ODIs.

“Waqar’s being stubborn, doesn’t listen to anybody and selects the players that he wants,” the paper quoted a senior PCB official, as saying.

“Fortunately, we won the Test, but the decision to play Umar Akmal instead of Asad Shafiq was not beyond comprehension. It was decided beforehand to give every player a chance, but not at the expense of other upcoming player,” the official stated.

The official said that the playing-eleven for the first ODI was also flawed, as had Younis Khan and Misbah-ul-Haq failed, Pakistan would have been in the danger of being dismissed inside the 50 overs.

“Waqar is selecting individuals on personal likes and dislikes, which is not the first time he’s done that,” the official alleged.

The official also said that PCB Chairman Ejaz Butt has been informed about the developments, but the board has decided not to pursue the matter.

“Waqar has already decided to step down after the tour, so there is no point in raising the matter,” the official stated.


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