Waqar Younis begs for forgiveness on return to Pakistan; ready to quit

Younis identified the absence of international cricket and a weak domestic structure as the reasons for Pakistan's poor performance in India.

By: AP | Published:March 29, 2016 10:49 pm
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Pakistan coach Waqar Younis is ready to quit after the team’s dismal performance in the World Twenty20 where it lost three matches and could only beat qualifier Bangladesh.

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“If they think I am the problem sack me and send me packing, if this can offer a solution then I do it,” Younis told reporters in the eastern city of Lahore on Tuesday.

The Pakistan team came under criticism by local media and the country’s former Test cricketers after losing to New Zealand, India and Australia.

“I literally put my hands together and beg for forgiveness,” Younis said.

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“It (the performance) should have been better but unfortunately the results were not positive. I know everyone is hurt but I am also deeply hurt.”

Younis identified the absence of international cricket and a weak domestic structure as the reasons for Pakistan’s poor performance in India.

No major Test playing country has toured Pakistan since the attack on the Sri Lanka team bus at Lahore in 2009 and since then Pakistan has been playing its ‘home’ matches in the United Arab Emirates.

“You have made Dubai or Abu Dhabi a home away from home but you will never produce good players like India and other countries are producing by playing at their home grounds.”

After winning against Bangladesh by 55 runs, Pakistan’s batsmen, bowlers and fielders struggled in the remaining three matches before making an early exit from the tournament.

For Pakistan, Sharjeel Khan top-scored with 112 runs from four matches, followed by his opening partner Ahmed Shehzad’s 108 from as many matches.

Both openers were not originally named in the squad. Left-handed Khan was included after he scored a century in Pakistan’s first professional domestic T20 league in the UAE. Shehzad made his way when Khurram Manzoor was dropped after Pakistan failed to qualify for the final of the Asia Cup in Bangladesh.

Captain Shahid Afridi and Mohammad Sami took four wickets each in the tournament while left-arm fast bowler Mohammad Amir ended up with only three wickets in four matches.

“Nowadays everyone is discussing that the chairman (of the Pakistan Cricket Board), selectors and coaches should be removed, but the question is whether we are understanding the problems?

“My future as coach isn’t relevant … Why there’s a sense that Pakistan cricket is linked with my future. It’s definitely not.”

Without naming any player Younis criticized Pakistan players, who couldn’t perform at the WT20 but frequently appear in television commercials.

“You may be a star doing TV ads but cricket is played by heroes and those who play the game don’t see other things around, so we want heroes and not the stars.”

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Younis also appeared before the PCB’s special committee on Tuesday, formed to identify causes of Pakistan’s defeat in both the Asia Cup and WT20.

Younis is in his second stint as Pakistan coach after earlier serving for 18 months in 2010-11. The PCB has already said that Younis will be the coach until the test series in England later this year.