Pakistan news July 22, 2011

Waqar calls for Misbah replacement to be groomed

ESPNcricinfo staff

Waqar Younis, the Pakistan coach, has called for a young captain to be groomed as an eventual replacement to the current leader Misbah-ul-Haq, who is 37 years old.

"Being 36-37 is not very young," Waqar said. "He [Misbah] is very fit and has done very well as captain but age usually catches up, so we need to groom a young captain."

Misbah took over the Test captaincy after dramatic exits by Shahid Afridi, who retired from Tests, and Salman Butt, who was involved in the spot-fixing scandal during the tour to England in 2010. Misbah's results have been impressive - a drawn series against South Africa in UAE and a win in New Zealand. After the 2011 World Cup, Misbah had to take over the limited-overs captaincy as well.

With Afridi, who was in charge of the one-day team until recently, refusing to play under the present PCB administration headed by chairman Ijaz Butt, Misbah is set to lead Pakistan in all three forms of the game on a tour of Zimbabwe in August. Pakistan are due to play one Test, three one-day and two Twenty20 matches and Waqar said Afridi will be missed.

"Every cricketer who leaves is missed, like Imran Khan, Wasim Akram and then myself were missed and, of course, Afridi will also be missed," Waqar said. "But there are other youngsters who will take their place."

Waqar also urged former greats such as Javed Miandad to help youngsters develop, particularly at the top of the order. "Whatever help can come is good because we have to take Pakistan cricket forward," he said. "Our problems in opening are old ones and we are trying to overcome these problems and I would urge former openers like Mohsin Khan, Saeed Anwar, Aamir Sohail and Mudassar Nazar to come and help the openers. Hopefully some new players will develop."

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  • Ahsan on July 25, 2011, 18:02 GMT

    I hv read some comments made by some people wid no knowledge of cricket what so ever... Those people who think that making Hafeez Captain to lead the pakistan Team is completely what Ijaz butt would like... Oh guys com on Hafeez is not even a match winner man,, So get a life and bring Seniors bk in... S Afridi or Malik wud be a Good choice......::::::::::: Malik is changed now, hes not what he was used to be ....

  • Dummy4 on July 25, 2011, 14:30 GMT

    waqar younis will be missed as a fast bowler but not in his current position, especially what he did with Afridi....... if his action against Afridi is justified by Waqar,,,,,, then what he suffered through the hands of Wasim was more justied...still he is with our national team,,,, best of luck to him

  • Intikahb on July 25, 2011, 8:20 GMT

    Before grooming Capt, Pak need solid administration

  • Asif on July 25, 2011, 8:03 GMT

    "Every cricketer who leaves is missed, like Imran Khan, Wasim Akram and then myself were missed and, of course, Afridi will also be missed," Waqar said but i am sure Ejaz Butt, Waqar Younis and Intikhab Alam will never be missed in their current rule. Infact nation and the cricket world will be relieved with the departure of these controversial personalities.

  • Anver on July 25, 2011, 7:13 GMT

    If Pak cricket really looking for future then give Mohamed Hafeez the captaincy & make Omar Akmal his deputy.......

  • Vinod on July 25, 2011, 6:09 GMT

    there is no lack of talent in pakistan....esp. for their pace bowling. their batters are really great when they are in a mentally comfortable zone. i think with time, the board will change its attitude towards the players. they have to change. someone as disciplined as imran should step up to influence the board or be their part time advisory considering how busy he is. and most importantly, their best bowler has to be excused once and for the last time. wishing pakistan cricket all the great success in the coming years. they are still not so bad to get into the semis with all their haunting problems, but we want to see them performing as best as in the 1990s. a smiling afridi is a good sight for us, the genuine cricket lovers.

  • Kamran on July 24, 2011, 20:14 GMT

    If i chose it should be Mohammad Hafeez.

  • kumar on July 24, 2011, 18:16 GMT

    Who will dare to spoil their future by accepting captaincy as long as Butt exists?

  • Hena on July 24, 2011, 18:07 GMT

    Waqar Sahib...please dont try to step out of your shoes and stick to ypur job which is to caoch the team given to you. Pakistan cricket needs a lot of other things as well and most importantly a professional body to run the game in the country, it also needs a constitution where governing body operates democratically. Pakistan also needs to de politicize cricket and that the Cricket board be run as an industry.

    Grooming a young captain is too little a thing to talk about and that does not fall in your area of responsibility.... so pls dont try and ventur out of the parameters of your responsibilities.

  • Faridoon on July 24, 2011, 12:42 GMT

    Just like anything else in Pakistan, cricket administration is also different. We need a dictator who can play cricket. A captain should not lead by example but also be able have significant influence over the team. In short, we need another Imran.

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