Waqar meets Butt to discuss the West Indies tour
Lahore: Pakistan cricket team head coach Waqar Younis on Friday met the Chairman of the Pakistan Cricket Board Ejaz Butt to discuss all the developments that took place in the team during the tour of the West Indies.
The coach had specially flown down to Pakistan with the national team from Ireland on the instructions of the Board rather than flying straight to his home in Sydney, Australia.
The PCB had made it clear to Waqar that Butt wanted to meet him to discuss the spat that took place between him and former limited overs national team skipper Shahid Afridi during the tour of the Caribbean.
Pakistan`s sacked captain Shahid Afridi had accused Waqar of interfering in his domain publicly, which eventually led to the former`s removal as captain last month before the two-match ODI series against Ireland.
After being axed as captain, Afridi announced his retirement from international cricket earlier this week and started a strong campaign against the PCB and the team management.
"The meeting between Waqar and Butt was a healthy one and the coach made it clear that he had never tried to interfere in the domain of the captain but was there to support him," one source said.
"Waqar told the Chairman that in his opinion Afridi had over-reacted in the whole issue as the two had worked together in the past and done well," the source added.
The source also said that Waqar, however, had made it clear to PCB Chief that as a head coach he had certain responsibilities to fulfill and a stature to look after and he was not happy with the way Afridi had behaved in the last two One-day Internationals in the West Indies and then in the media.
After meeting Butt, Waqar left for Australia. Before leaving he told reporters that he was disappointed and upset at the way Afridi had lashed out at the team management.
"I had a good meeting with the Chairman and I have also submitted my tour report to him. I have no doubt that this is such a big issue that it could not be resolved across the table. I am surprised at the reaction of Afridi and his behavior in the last few days."
Waqar said he appreciated the work Afridi had done in lifting the team since last year but couldn`t understand his behavior off-late.
He also admitted that there were differences of opinion on selection matters with Afridi.
"There is always difference of opinion on selection matters and that is nothing new. But I have never tried to interfere in his domain and only do what my job as head coach is. I really don`t know about what he means when he says I have tried to interfere in his work because as coach I know well what my job description is," Waqar explained.
"I have never tried to push him or interfere in his domain. There is nothing personal between us and we have worked well together since last year. I don`t think there was a need to make such a big issue out of all this," he added.
Waqar also described Afridi as a good captain but at the same time noted that Misbah-ul-Haq had led the team well in the West Indies Test series and in Ireland.