Ireland v Pakistan, 2nd ODI, Belfast

Pakistan will not take it easy says Waqar

ESPNcricinfo staff

May 29, 2011

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Mohammad Hafeez, Misbah-ul-Haq and Taufeeq Umar celebrate a wicket, Ireland v Pakistan, 1st ODI, Belfast, May 28, 2011
Pakistan will not make wholesale changes to their line-up for the second ODI, Waqar Younis has said © AFP
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Pakistan will not experiment much against Ireland in the second game of the two-ODI series on Monday in Belfast, coach Waqar Younis has said. Pakistan lead the series 1-0, after a clinical seven-wicket win over the hosts in the rain-affected encounter on Saturday.

"We are not going to throw all the youngsters in and say, 'because it is Ireland we can take it easy'," Waqar said. "This is international cricket and you do have to give your youngsters a chance. It doesn't matter if it is England or it is Ireland.

"But you have to bring on your young players when it is required. It's not that you throw them in because you are playing Ireland. We have to make sure we win and that we are playing good cricket. That's exactly what we are going to do."

Monday's match presents Ireland another chance to prove they can consistently compete against the big teams, with the ICC scheduled to decide on Associate participation in the 2015 World Cup next month. So, Pakistan captain Misbah-ul-Haq expects a sterner test.

"We know they are going to give us a tough time," Misbah said. "They have been making it tough for other teams and even beating good teams. So it's a good competition, it is international-level competition."

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Posted by   on (May 30, 2011, 13:51 GMT)

@Aina and Qazi..guys i do agree he brought us very very close to glory and his own performance was absolutely brilliant. As a captain he is still learning and has to learn a lot, the WC is one tournament only and that too held in the sub-continent where we usually perform well.We need to win more ODIs against better teams. I know he inspires but some of his decisions (like abruptly retiring from tests) and comments (against Waqar and many other) are insulting for the whole team and honestly as a tactician he is a total failure, his bowling changes and field placing are sometimes absurd. However I always believed in him as a captain who will learn so much however he has dug this trench for himself.and Qazi do not judge Waqar's leadership on WC basis think broader in his time Pak were a much more threatening team than it is now and no coach teaches players how to bat he is only there to give advice and assist not to teach. You also cant assume Waqar had no role in this gr8 world cup run.

Posted by   on (May 30, 2011, 5:19 GMT)

@Qazi Hassan Farooqi : Afridi did the right thing. The losses would have happened without the youngsters. It is Pakistan's psychology to lose unimportant matches. If having won the series already is not a good time for experimentation I'd like to know what is. Whereas we haven't won this "series". Waqar is doing a great job coaching the bowlers. He just needs to stay out of decisions and let the captain do his job. It would be madness to let go of an excellent bowling coach. If waqar wasn't coach, people like wahab riaz wouldn't even have the occasional flashes of brilliance. @Tughral Baig: People don't admire afridi for being a perfect captain like Imran Khan. They admire him because he inspires the team. His type of captain may not be all that successful for tests but for ODIs it works like magic. It may not have occurred to you to give him due credit for an excellent world-cup showing, and for being modest and honest about our deficiencies throughout.

Posted by   on (May 30, 2011, 5:13 GMT)

@Tughral: "I dont know why people admire him so much as a captain..". For two WC, super-star-studded team lost in early rounds to minnows like Ireland. That includes one lead by Waqar Younis. Then Afridi takes a team that was "star-free", crippled, and included Trojan Horses like Kamran Akmal, all the way to semi-final, lost due to the trojan horses, and was very much in sight of winning the world cup. I can under the reverse i.e. people wondering why Waqar Younis can be liked as a coach when his team can not learn how to catch and how to bat.

Posted by   on (May 29, 2011, 19:30 GMT)

@Qazi.i do not think the changes were so huge that Pakistan lost the last matches, the windies played well in the last match and were lucky in the second last when it rained. Seriously dropping Asad Shafique cannot be an excuse for the loss. We also dont and wont know the reasons.. It is also highly improbable that it would have affected asad's confidence as he would have known hes just being rested and his place is secured. Afridi has not been sacked due to his performance but because of his highly irresponsible comments. Even if Pak would have lost this series he would not have been replaced had he not made another scandal for the team and he has absolutely no excuse for that..as far as Waqar is concerned i thnk he is more important to the team as a coach than Afridi is as a captain because he has an excellent cricketing mind. Afridi on the other hand is not a good tactician and sometimes makes very obvious and simple mistakes. I dont know why people admire him so much as a captain..

Posted by   on (May 29, 2011, 15:26 GMT)

Since they have once beaten pakistan - so taking them as chop liver is invitation to surprise - there again, Irelanders have ideal making in to international cricket and for pakistan going for the kill is neither the answer. They should bring in new players for their own experience taking the chances along-- best these should be unofficial matches like the old time.

Posted by spellbinder76 on (May 29, 2011, 15:15 GMT)

Waqar qill take credit for beating Ireland.

Posted by   on (May 29, 2011, 14:12 GMT)

Waqar experimented against West Indies when there was no need for experiment. After winning 3-0, his experiments made it 3-2, and costed Afridi his captaincy and costed Asad Shafiq's self confidence at a time he was on peak. Now that there is all the reason for experimentation, he won't. I think it has to do with Afridi being captain there, and Misbah being captain here. Waqar needs to go. He groomed some good bowlers but we need a coach that can teach how to bat and field as well.

Posted by   on (May 29, 2011, 14:11 GMT)

whole sell changes cant take place when captains and coaches want to stay long , u tell me against a weaker side like Ireland, which thing made u to play Taufeeq Umar instead of giving a chance to a young player?

Posted by Sakky68 on (May 29, 2011, 13:38 GMT)

"They have been making it tough for other teams and even beating good teams. So it's a good competition, it is international-level competition." hope the icc are listening...

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