Pakistan news March 27, 2010

Waqar salutes Afridi appointment

Cricinfo staff

Waqar Younis, the new Pakistan coach, has hailed the appointment of allrounder Shahid Afridi as captain for the World Twenty20 starting next month in the West Indies. The PCB installed Afridi at the helm earlier this week, after initially announcing the squad for the tournament without naming a captain.

"Afridi is an allrounder with a positive frame of mind who had been bowling excellently in last two years," Waqar told Voice of Germany. "His mere presence in the field generates a fighting spirit among the players."

Waqar takes charge during a particularly tumultuous period for Pakistan cricket - several senior players were banned two weeks ago, and there have been persistent murmurs of match-fixing and dressing-room spats. However, he remained confident of a good show in the Caribbean. "Pakistan is capable of defending its title in the presence of Afridi, Razzaq and Akmal brothers."

Pakistan have had four coaches in three years, and with this being Waqar's first official role as head coach at any level, he acknowledged the difficulty of the task ahead for him. "The history of Pakistan cricket tells us that the coaching of the national team is no an easy task," he said. "But someone had to do the job and I dared to accept it and I assured the nation and the Pakistan Cricket Board that I would not disappoint them."

He tried to temper the expectations of the country's passionate fans, and said things couldn't be changed overnight. "I understand that the people of Pakistan are mad for cricket and their sentiments are badly injured when the national team loses but I would ask them that they should curb their emotions and try to understand the circumstances before reacting."

The depth of Pakistan's talent pool excited Waqar, who set his sights on next year's World Cup in the subcontinent. "World Cup 2011 is the real target. I have seen immense talent in Pakistan A and Under-19 teams which needs to be groomed and I am sure that in next few months the things would start moving in the right direction."

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  • Dummy4 on April 1, 2010, 17:53 GMT

    He's been around for a long enough time, he knows the players inside out, and he's twenty20 material. However, his charismatic leadership influence is what Pakistan needs right now. What Pakistan Cricket needs is his presence to maintain stability in the team. We're likely to not win the World Cup this year, but as long as we put up a good fight and ensure that our future will be more stable than the past ten years, then it's all good. In the future though, I would definitely advocate someone with better temperament and a good cricketing brain. I don't know where we'd find that from, since most of the players in the team are young and inexperienced, and the rest are too involved in conflicts with the board.

  • Mian on April 1, 2010, 14:10 GMT

    Pakistan team is suffering through a difficult circumstances.I totally agree with Waqar Younis that Pakistani nation should control their emotions. Currently we have a good team not great.With players like Akmal brothers and Shahid Afridi we can do better but they should maintain their discipline and think about the team. At some places we are weak like we have Misbah-ul-haq he is a bit scared after what happened in the first world cup.we have nine great players which can lead us to victory in this world cup too. Hope Pakistan Team Wins

  • Raziullah on March 30, 2010, 11:54 GMT

    Pakistan need more player in national side who can think with brain not with bat or ball. Akmal brothers have no brains at all at the moment. they always played for themselves. Few members of team were selected or in plan to be select from Pakistan under-19. Please let them play for three or four years in A team. Give them chance to tour internationally with A team or performance squad. Mature them with the conditions internationally then pick for the National team. How many under 23 players we selected in last decade where are they now???

    Even I think Afridi has great potential to serve Pakistan at 10 more years but can he with all his attitude. Biting ball, fighting over captaincy. For GOD sake play for Pakistan not for Captaincy.

  • Dummy4 on March 29, 2010, 17:19 GMT

    Afridi is the best man to take this responsibility ........i wish come true but y did Imran nazeir is not included in squad thats the only question i have ... he must play his is much much better then salman butt .There is no place for salman in International cricket.

  • ali on March 29, 2010, 12:17 GMT

    Unfortunately, it has come to this that Pakistan have no choice but to have Shahid Afridi as captain. His only qualities are that he is a fighter, he is built and thinks like a knock-out boxer. A talentless cricketer at best - he should recognise his own psychological flaws (a contradition in terms) when it comes to his performances. He is not fit to lead the team, however, it is only desperation of the times which warrants his inclusion.

  • Dummy4 on March 29, 2010, 8:16 GMT

    Afridi is the only player how can comand pakistani in also in ODI,s and slectors should pick him for tests because he is having good record in test cricket.Goodluck Afridi for worldT20 we are with you....

  • Waqas on March 29, 2010, 7:46 GMT

    both Waqaq and Afridi are our Hero and i am sure both will contribute towards the victory of Pakistan. we've all the power to defend our title in upcome T20 WC. @ sweetspot, really nice comments its true that the real beauty of cricket is Pak Vs India.

  • Dummy4 on March 28, 2010, 13:20 GMT

    Afridi is good to take over this position n this year the team will do their best ... no matter what happens in Austria ....

  • Mohammed on March 28, 2010, 13:12 GMT

    Shaid Afridi is the man who doesn't wanna to hit hard but who hit extremly very hard, this would be the new phase of PAk cricket club.

  • Dummy4 on March 28, 2010, 12:15 GMT

    Regardless of the fact that we had no other choice for the captain. As Waqar said; "Afridi is an allrounder with a positive frame of mind who has been bowling excellently in last two years. His mere presence in the field generates a fighting spirit among the players."

    This is the effectively the job of the skipper!

    I wish the best of luck to Pakistan!

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