Waqar, Afridi should resolve their differences: Muddasar
Islamabad: Former Pakistan coach Mudassar Nazar has said that coach Waqar Younis and Shahid Afridi must resolve their differences, and insisted that the situation was not beyond reprieve.
Nazar’s comment comes after the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) removed Afridi as one-day captain for the forthcoming series against Ireland reportedly over a rift with Waqar.
“This is not the first time Afridi has given such statements, which are contrary to his contractual obligations to the PCB. In addition there are issues about his relationship with Waqar Younis, although we don’t really know the full facts behind this dispute. Whatever the case, both problems can be sorted out in a second,” a website quoted Nazar, as saying.
“He [Afridi] should be reminded of his obligations, and as Waqar and Afridi both have played together for a long time, both just need to sit down, define boundaries and work as a team - Waqar and Afridi should resolve their differences,” he added.
Muddasar wasn’t overly concerned with the temporary appointment of batsman Misbah-ul-Haq as captain.
“On a temporary basis its [Misbah as captain] fine, and after the Irish tour is over, who knows will be in charge of Pakistan cricket by then! Or if [PCB Chairman] Mr. Butt changes his mind and decides to bring Afridi back again. The best solution would be for Afridi to stay as captain of Pakistan’s ODI Team - Misbah is doing well in the Test form of cricket, let him continue to lead in Test cricket,” the former coach said.
He further expressed his opposition to total revamp of the leadership of the Pakistan team in ODI or Test versions, as in his view both teams had the right leadership in place.
“I don’t think the time is right, the team is doing fine, look at their performances in New Zealand and at the World Cup. They are not the best team in the world, they are performing beyond expectations and are rebuilding,” Muddasar said.
“Afridi with all his experience should stay as captain in the one day format only, don’t pressurise him and bring him into Test cricket. Misbah will do fine as interim captain in Test cricket and could go on for a year, after that we will look at someone younger,” he added.