Pakistan news July 22, 2011

Waqar calls for Misbah replacement to be groomed

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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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  • a4ahsange 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 ....

  • 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

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

    Before grooming Capt, Pak need solid administration

  • amajeed 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.

  • anver777 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.......

  • Pathiyal 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.

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

    If i chose it should be Mohammad Hafeez.

  • kumarcoolbuddy on July 24, 2011, 18:16 GMT

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

  • synergy001 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.

  • a4ahsange 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 ....

  • 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

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

    Before grooming Capt, Pak need solid administration

  • amajeed 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.

  • anver777 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.......

  • Pathiyal 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.

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

    If i chose it should be Mohammad Hafeez.

  • kumarcoolbuddy on July 24, 2011, 18:16 GMT

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

  • synergy001 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.

  • on July 24, 2011, 11:58 GMT

    what about grooming a Chairman for PCB?

  • ziaud80 on July 24, 2011, 10:30 GMT

    I believe we need to groom a new chairman instead of a new captain & let Afridi be our captain in ODI's & T20's.

  • AmjadZork on July 24, 2011, 7:16 GMT

    No use of changing Captains as he will be removed after a few series when Ijaz Butt wakes up one morning & feels like it..... as no one is there to ask him !!

  • on July 24, 2011, 6:52 GMT

    Pakistan needs a young captain no doubt, but more importantly, it requires a professional, selfless and talented coach! Waqar Younis, the renowned bowler's credentials and character haven't remained that impressive!

  • on July 24, 2011, 6:18 GMT

    nothing going to happen in pak cricket.they are finished now.their system is one of the weak and worst in the whole world.pakistan history is known for controversies than exception performance on field.so waqar need to think too deep when captaincy is concerned

  • Whisperofdeath on July 24, 2011, 4:23 GMT

    Yesterday is over lastnight, Lets begin the new era, Hafeez as a captain "NO" he is just average player and Umar Akmal is retarded and county bumpkin. Pakistan need skipper who have brain and make strategise, can manage the limelight and bit mature. Pakistan should groom captain from under 19... Please don't make mistake again and again by putting make shift captains...

  • Ahsan_Shere on July 24, 2011, 4:12 GMT

    Its not about grooming a captain, they are up to kick out Afridi. I'm not a big fan of him anymore & don't want him to be captain of Pakistan side after refusal to captain Pakistan side on the English tour & returned home while the Test series was under way. Waqar said need to groom a young captain which is not correct we need to groom our management otherwise no captain will be successful & we'll see many of the Afridi type decisions. We need to specify job duties of captain, coach, assistant coach, manager, chief selectors & even chairman, so that they don't interfere in others' business.

  • maddy20 on July 24, 2011, 1:17 GMT

    What is the point of grooming a new captain when he will be dumped after a few series' anyway. The way they have treated Younis Khan, Afridi, Mohammad Yousuf and Malik, I doubt if anyone else will want to take up the job!

  • synergy on July 23, 2011, 23:28 GMT

    The need of the hour is to have a strong batting, as the coach of Pakistan team he should devote his time in doing that instead of thinking or talking of grooming Captains. His job requires him to work with the tem given to him and all the other issues must be left alone forthe Sellectors.

    His comment regarding grooming a young Captain is out of line and he should be reprimanded same. PCB should have a code of conduct for the coaches as well.

  • CricketFirstLove on July 23, 2011, 22:37 GMT

    First of all there is no room in the team for Afriidi neither as a batsman nor a bowler. We need his batting. AFridi is the one who got most chances and he blew them all up. He does not value his visit to the crease as say Tendulkar does. Afridi - most appearances and maximum flops. We msut look for a captain who can first cement his place in the team. I think we must go with Misbah for a while for all forms of the game until we a good successor to groom in the meanwhile.

  • johnathonjosephs on July 23, 2011, 22:21 GMT

    ........... misbua is 37 and still batting???? Hafeez is a good contender for captaincy, but I really think what can change Pakistan around is if Umar Akmal can stand up

  • CricketChat on July 23, 2011, 22:16 GMT

    Umar Akmal is future captain of Pak team. Make no bones about it.

  • on July 23, 2011, 21:07 GMT

    like it or not, Afridi is the best choice for captaincy, atleast for now, he has done very well as captain and the issue was the Waqar was trying to be more than a coach. If everybody does what their supposed to, things can get better. Hafeez is a very mediocre player while Umar has attitude/ego problem, if somehow he can divert his attitude towards winning for Pakistan, i think he's not a bad choice, attacking mentality and taking the risks when needed.like it or not, Afridi is the best choice for captaincy, atleast for now, he has done very well as captain and the issue was the Waqar was trying to be more than a coach. If everybody does what their supposed to, things can get better. Hafeez is a very mediocre player while Umar has attitude/ego problem, if somehow he can divert his attitude towards winning for Pakistan, i think he's not a bad choice, attacking mentality and taking the risks when needed.

  • on July 23, 2011, 20:58 GMT

    Dhoni and shoaib Malik were made captains of the national teams at roughly the same time around the inaugural 2020 world cup. Dhonis team is top of the rankings. Wonder where Pakistan would've been if we'd shown some stability?

  • just_chill_chill on July 23, 2011, 20:11 GMT

    I think Pak should first focus on finding some international standard batsmen. Most batsmen in India junior team are better than Pak national team. After that, think about who should be captain.

  • AzmeAlishan on July 23, 2011, 16:52 GMT

    Waqar is hired as a coach of Pakistan team and he should try not to step out of his shoes. Grooming and/or nominating Captains is the job of the Sellectors, why should Waqar comment on such an issue. My advice to Waqar is to stay out of such issues and stay focussed only on his job. A coach is there just to coach the team given to him, he has no business to suggest or think of nominating or grooming Captains.

  • abytude on July 23, 2011, 15:12 GMT

    Are you guys serious? Hafeez is not an A player with this side. He hasnt won a series for Pakistan or even a ODI single handedly.

    Hes a utility player. Make a proper batsmen the skipper.

    And waqar has this wrong too, Misbah would be captain for the next WC, and lift it too, Inshallah.

  • TeamSelector on July 23, 2011, 13:52 GMT

    I think it's time to bring back the old guns & if Younis doesn't want to reclaim his captaincy .... then give it to Malik ( at least he has the experience).

    1-Hafeez, 2-Azhar Ali, 3-Younis (C), 4-Yousuf, 5-Misbah, 6-Malik (vc), 7-Razzak, 8-Any Akmal (wk), 9-Gul, 10-Wahab, 11-Ajmal.

  • StuDz on July 23, 2011, 11:58 GMT

    since they hv kiked Malik, Razzaq and Afridi out,, i dont watch cricket anymore... Seriously wat this board has done in their whole period . guess hw many players out they kikd out ( Malik, Fawad, Younis, Yousuf, Kamran, Afridi, Razzaq, Rana, Tanvir etc and a banned trio.. Man those who thinks Umar akmal andhafeez would be a good choice as captain,, they r completely on Ijaz butt's side... Its time to bring All the kiked out players bk and Make Malik or Afridi either one of them captain.. Trust me Malik is changed now... Hes a fantastic player...

  • PKcric4evr on July 23, 2011, 11:03 GMT

    hafeez is really talented he should be given a chance...but no doubt afridi was a gr8 captain, he took his team to the semi and dats pretty impressive with a broken team like pakistans

  • satanswish on July 23, 2011, 10:41 GMT

    No matter how many captains they change, golden days of Imran Khan or Wasim Akram are not going to come again for Pakistan.

  • on July 23, 2011, 9:37 GMT

    hi im from sri lanka if the pakisthan cricket has to come like b4 only one thing ull have to do youngsters has to cme to the show players and cricket board too umar has to captain hafeez vice captain this is the only way

  • on July 23, 2011, 8:38 GMT

    How about Azhar Ali? he looks compact while batting and has a sound head over his shoulders.

  • tahi_hq on July 23, 2011, 8:36 GMT

    right now Afridi is the best choice ...an honest guy and performed well in the world cup...umar will never be a good choice as a captain.. during world cup he didn't want to play bcoz kamran akmal wasn't selected 4 couple of matches bcoz of bad performance ...so this kind of player will make trouble in future too..no doubt he is a good player.. still pakistan has plenty of talents..but problem is pakistan cricket board. they failed to guide and counseling the young players properly .PCCB can pick up the player like mohammad amir but couldn't guide them.....

  • sanjeevmukherjee2006 on July 23, 2011, 8:34 GMT

    as an indian i must say pakistan have the best bowlin lineup in the world...it is the batting which is the worrying part..still they reached World cup finals, drew series against SA, Aus,Wi and lost narrowly to England so their test team is also improving ..only thing they need to guard is batting collapses thats it all the best

  • pk.afridi on July 23, 2011, 8:19 GMT

    Hafeez is the best chice for PCB to announce as a permanent captain for all the three formats...he is the only player in the present pak team who is technically correct after younis khan, so he should be given the chance as a captain.

  • Roamer on July 23, 2011, 8:17 GMT

    Muhammad Hafeez is the best cricketing brain they have got in the team and he has quite a few years left in him and he is good in all three formats so he is the best option for the team.

    I am disappointed with the way Waqar talked about Shahid Afridi, if he is really serious about Pakistan cricket team (the way he is requesting other seniors to help the openers) then he should resolve the personal issue with Shahid Afridi for the betterment of Pakistan Cricket. So first try to help the Pakistan team yourself, before asking for help from others.

  • Joby_George on July 23, 2011, 7:53 GMT

    Iam an Indian & Indian Supporter but i must say that pakistan has the best combination of players in the world. If selection is correct, no country has bunch of talented players like pakistan has. Umar Akmal will be best choice as captian by considering future. He is a class player. But again he should be given time to groom as a captain. No one starts as a captian, it wil take time to develop. Assign the new captian for minimum turn of 4 years....All the best

  • sweetspot on July 23, 2011, 7:47 GMT

    Excuse me, Mr. Waqar Younis. We are from across the border but we want to see Pakistan cricket doing a little better. What was wrong with Mr. Afridi? He is not that old, super fit, has the right spirit, and can inspire his team, and is fun to watch unless he opens his mouth on TV, talking unwanted rubbish sometimes, and this has nothing to do with cricket, we all know that. He is still 200% better suited than others to lead your team now don't you think?

  • rzi-BDML on July 23, 2011, 7:25 GMT

    Hafeez the only option or Umer Akmal, if the board wants to groom a long time captain

  • khurramsch on July 23, 2011, 7:15 GMT

    yes shoaib malik can be a choice , hafez or even saed ajmal main thing is how far u want to go with new one. not only captain give youngsters more chances & for god's sake in zimbabwe series send youngsters under new captain . coz that could be a good test for them

  • khurramsch on July 23, 2011, 7:11 GMT

    yes its important to grrom young captain & its important to do so in series like ZIMB. pak already wasted a chance in series vs WI. hafez looks good choice. Also they should give youngster more chances in small series like WI, ZIMB, Ire. but instead they droped hamad azam afetr series won in WI in last 2 matches. & didnt even bothered to try sadaf husssain afetr wining series. even in ireland they send younis khan from pakistan. they should give youngsters more responsibilty specialy in small series.

  • muski on July 23, 2011, 6:55 GMT

    Pak cricket is in a limbo. There are no names in the horizon. With Yunus, Misbah, Shoaib and Yusuf at the fag end of their careers, there is no light at the end of the tunnel. Pak will have good company from the Windies, Bangladeshi and NZ teams to fight for the bottom spots. Sad to see guy like Waqar wasting their time with such units. He could better be bowling coach of India and make some good moolah.

  • NhYs on July 23, 2011, 6:41 GMT

    I think after 3 years, In Pak Team all players are former captains....

  • on July 23, 2011, 6:07 GMT

    @shayad......totally wrong XI..... Best XI 1. Taufeeq Umar, 2. Azhar Ali, 3. Younis Khan, 4. Umar Ackmal, 5.Misbah-ul-haq(capt), 6. Fawad Alam, 7. well are there any good keepers?? id say give sarfraz a run. 8. Wahab Riaz, 9.Saeed Ajmal, 10. Umar Gul, 11. Junaid Khan. Thats for test, for ODI, id swap fawad alam for razzaq or Hafees depending on pitch conditions. Yousuf was an exceptional player, but he is past his best and hasnt been doing great in county cricket lately so doesnt really warrant selection.

  • flyingmachinee on July 23, 2011, 5:28 GMT

    @Shovanrahman........dont u want miandad,aamirsohail,rameez,saleemmalik,wasimakram back??????i can sugest zaheerabbas and imrankhan..............

  • smartguy786 on July 23, 2011, 5:17 GMT

    No one looks a potential apart from AFRIDI!, THE REST ARE JUST NOVICES, cant bat or bowl so how will they captain the team.

  • on July 23, 2011, 5:14 GMT

    ALL WASTE OF TIME.....NOBODY IS INTERESTING IN CRICKET FOR THE SAKE OF SPORTS AND PAKISTAN...EVERYONE IS LOOKING TO STAY IN THE MANAGEMENT FOR 3-5 YEARS BY PLAYING TRICKS WITH THE SENIOR PLAYERS AND PAK CRICKET FANS:::: LOOK AT ALL PAK CRICKET MANAGEMENT.....WHAT THEY HAVE DONE 1. WAQAR 2. MOHSIN 3. PCB DIRECTOR.. AFTER COMING INTO THE ADMINISTRATION.......NOTHING BUT ENJOY AND REST............PLS DO SOMETHING FOR CRICKET....OTHERWISE ALL OF US LOOSE THE INTEREST IN IT??????????????????//

  • wasim_007 on July 23, 2011, 4:46 GMT

    It is shame that every one is fighting for the power.as it is a history of Pakistan criket...It was a mistake to make Waqar Coach...he again and again...trying to take power...shame on you man, you and Wasim already harmed Pakistan cricket a lot(every body knows) and this give Pakistan Cricket to slow death. Afridi was doing great as captain and he will do better bring any foreign coach....who can only work as a trainer and not fight for power. Pakistan cricket is going towards extinction...and I have no doubt if this continue like this it will die in coming some year by sucide bomber (Ijaj Butt, Inthkhab Alam, Waqar) all are fighting for power.

    SOLUTION: Sack Ijaj Butt, Inthkhab Alam and if possible Waqar tooo....or ask him to be remain as trainer only. Bring back Mohd. Yousuf(Test Captian) in ODI and Test....Imran Nazir and Abdul Razzaq in ODI/T20...and Make Afiridi as captain for ODI/T20....and if Possible Akhtar as well...

  • getsetgopk on July 23, 2011, 4:10 GMT

    waqar you should start by grooming yourself first. a coach shouldn't be passing comments on who should be captain and who shouldn't be. this isn't how a coach should behave. wake up and accept that your playing days are over now let these boys play their cricket. help the team if you can but plz dont pass non sense comments of grooming a new captain every three months or else we all be mighty thankful if just go back to where u came from (australia).

  • on July 23, 2011, 4:09 GMT

    I believe AZHAR ALI can be a good option for captaincy. I also believe like other people he is very young (recently come into the side). He is the best option at the moment.

  • touqeer777 on July 23, 2011, 1:26 GMT

    Like Many friends I also agree bring Shoaib Malik back as captain.He has good experience of captaincy at domestic as well at international level.On his initial assignment he took team to the final of 2007 world cup and then won triangular series involving india.everybody made mistakes,plz forgive him for the sake of good cricket.but lets see what will happen.Malik is very good allrounder and can lead the team for 2015 world cup.

  • Stark62 on July 22, 2011, 22:07 GMT

    Afridi is the best candidate for limited overs cricket!!!!

    Groom a young captain in the Test arena like Azhar, Yasin or Ghumman (If the later two get a chance).

    Afridi was not in the wrong and in fact, who remembers that Waqar was the one who was the leader of a clique to dethrone Wasim?

    Wasim had a great track record and obviously there were certain people who didn't like him in the team, shame!

  • gothetaniwha on July 22, 2011, 22:04 GMT

    Its been three months , Pakistan must be due to sack there captain any time soon .

  • shayad on July 22, 2011, 21:46 GMT

    Best 11

    1.Imran Farhat 2.Imran Nazir 3.Younis Khan(Cap.) 4.Mohammad Yousuf / Shoaib Malik 5.Misbah-ul-Haq 6.Abdul Razzaq 7.Kamran Akmal / Umar Akmal (Vc) 8.Shahid Afridi / Saeed Ajmal 9.Mohammad Sami / Naved-ul-Hasan 10.Umar Gul 11.Shoaib Akhtar

  • donda on July 22, 2011, 21:22 GMT

    My suggestion Make Waqar younas Captain, he already sent home all senior players and now he is going against old Misbah.

    I think Waqar can come back as captain and take the team to next WC in 2015.

    I am assuming that after helping PCB to get rid of all old players, he may be thinking to come back as Captain.

    Let's see

  • K.A.K on July 22, 2011, 21:19 GMT

    Not a place for a coach to make a comment like this. Misbah may be there for next 6 years, who knows.

  • on July 22, 2011, 21:10 GMT

    Ajmal is canny and wise..He needs to be groomed..Pakistan does well under bowling captains..

  • on July 22, 2011, 20:40 GMT

    Umar Gul or Umar Akmal And i wanna see Saeed Anwar returning! He was the best during the Lara-Sachin-Anwa-Waugh period

  • on July 22, 2011, 20:27 GMT

    Shoaib Malik can be brought back in !

  • on July 22, 2011, 20:14 GMT

    Why not Afridi Again? What is the Acheivement of Waqar & Intiqab Alam since last two years?

  • Saqib_Sheraz on July 22, 2011, 19:33 GMT

    Asad Shafiq could be good choice. Actually captaincy need temperament, which he showed recently.

  • AliK. on July 22, 2011, 19:25 GMT

    Just like our country, we have a leadership crisis in our cricket team. Umar is too young and still struggling with his batting, Hafeez is not solid enough, and the rest are mediocre. I think Waqar has done a great job with utmost professionalism. The current mess is because of the un-professionalism and big egos of our superstars (Afridi). In the past also, it was our own superstars (Moeen Khan, Wasim Akram) who would get their own way at the cost of PCB!

  • on July 22, 2011, 18:49 GMT

    very good calll by waqar younus..........it will really help youngsters in the team specially umar akmal he is a good batsman just needs assisstance from seniors......and others toooooo............and especially afridi will be really really missed

  • on July 22, 2011, 18:28 GMT

    Good idea, Waqar. Hope it is not taken as a cue to "legitimately" build camps within the team - current captain's men vs. future captain's men.

  • on July 22, 2011, 18:23 GMT

    Dear Waqar: Afridi is a good player in pakistan team we want him come back to the pakistan team he has won many matches for pakistan also he is having super record of century, all people of pakistan want him come back.

  • Ashpak10 on July 22, 2011, 18:20 GMT

    we need Afridi thats it!!

  • radhegee on July 22, 2011, 18:15 GMT

    Well i guess Pakistan should bring back Shoaib Malik ,as he has been the captain before and is still only 29 years of age . The age is on his side and he has always been a team man . Under his captaincy Pakistan performed very well and reached the finals of the inaugural 20-20 . His has played at any position the team has asked him to play . He came initially as an off spinner and developed into a good all rounder . He was forced into controversy and was left out of the team . I guess the time has come to bring him back as caption because he is the man for the job who can take Pakistan team to the top of ICC table

  • stambake on July 22, 2011, 18:14 GMT

    i think afridi should come back to cricket.. and leads the team from front when cricket is in trouble... should resolve the issues between him and PCB...

  • on July 22, 2011, 18:10 GMT

    what......chanderpaul u must be kidding

  • on July 22, 2011, 17:32 GMT

    Umar Akmal! I dont see anyone else and this kid as been good, can go long ways if handled well

  • on July 22, 2011, 17:21 GMT

    great call waqar bhai,i totally agree with you,you have done wonders by being the coach of Pkistan,in my little thought Hafeez is the right guy after Misbah to take Pakistan Cricket forward..

  • on July 22, 2011, 17:08 GMT

    umar akmal should be made vice captain but he should not b given captaince unless he gets maturity .

  • on July 22, 2011, 16:52 GMT

    @Rana Naveed: Dear coach is made part of the touring selection commite means coach play the role of selector during a tour, and dear captain should consult his team with coach and fellows but Mr Afridi wanted to run one man show which is again wrong, there were mistakes on both sides so search it out before blaming it on waqar alone

  • likeintcricket on July 22, 2011, 16:44 GMT

    Since everyone played their part in Pakistan demise in cricket hence Waqar Younis comment has worth nothing. Pakistan need good solid cricketers and the captain automatically emerge.

  • cric_comment on July 22, 2011, 16:29 GMT

    Thanks for the mess Waqar. Should have stayed in Australia

  • on July 22, 2011, 16:12 GMT

    I think most problems in Pak are self-inflicted. I dont understand why arent they making use of players like Razzaq and Imran Nazir. Azhar Mahmood also deserves a call back. They are not only extremely attacking but would also add valuable experience to the team. Younis Khan is probably the worst player in the squad followed by Hafeez. Hafeez is a very ordinanry batsman and he is now passing off as a bowler. Younis is just pure pathetic. Pak also needs to find a keeper who can bat really well.

  • on July 22, 2011, 16:07 GMT

    thanks Adeesha, you are right about Afiridi , we all want him back.. His aggression and style is special.. Love you Shahid bhai.. Please come back..

  • Raja_naveed_khan on July 22, 2011, 15:21 GMT

    We are bit unfortunate, everyone want to be leader, waqar younis is coach, he ws not meant to be looking for more authority than Captain afridi, but its pakistan where all unusual things are possible, Even the meaning of the word coach are trainer or guider, nt a leader or selector or somebody who need authority,

  • on July 22, 2011, 15:17 GMT

    true like my team westindies chanderpaul need replacement at the age of 36

  • on July 22, 2011, 15:12 GMT

    As a SL fan,I'm really a fond of Afridi.he is one of the players who played for country,not for personal glories.

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  • on July 22, 2011, 15:12 GMT

    As a SL fan,I'm really a fond of Afridi.he is one of the players who played for country,not for personal glories.

  • on July 22, 2011, 15:17 GMT

    true like my team westindies chanderpaul need replacement at the age of 36

  • Raja_naveed_khan on July 22, 2011, 15:21 GMT

    We are bit unfortunate, everyone want to be leader, waqar younis is coach, he ws not meant to be looking for more authority than Captain afridi, but its pakistan where all unusual things are possible, Even the meaning of the word coach are trainer or guider, nt a leader or selector or somebody who need authority,

  • on July 22, 2011, 16:07 GMT

    thanks Adeesha, you are right about Afiridi , we all want him back.. His aggression and style is special.. Love you Shahid bhai.. Please come back..

  • on July 22, 2011, 16:12 GMT

    I think most problems in Pak are self-inflicted. I dont understand why arent they making use of players like Razzaq and Imran Nazir. Azhar Mahmood also deserves a call back. They are not only extremely attacking but would also add valuable experience to the team. Younis Khan is probably the worst player in the squad followed by Hafeez. Hafeez is a very ordinanry batsman and he is now passing off as a bowler. Younis is just pure pathetic. Pak also needs to find a keeper who can bat really well.

  • cric_comment on July 22, 2011, 16:29 GMT

    Thanks for the mess Waqar. Should have stayed in Australia

  • likeintcricket on July 22, 2011, 16:44 GMT

    Since everyone played their part in Pakistan demise in cricket hence Waqar Younis comment has worth nothing. Pakistan need good solid cricketers and the captain automatically emerge.

  • on July 22, 2011, 16:52 GMT

    @Rana Naveed: Dear coach is made part of the touring selection commite means coach play the role of selector during a tour, and dear captain should consult his team with coach and fellows but Mr Afridi wanted to run one man show which is again wrong, there were mistakes on both sides so search it out before blaming it on waqar alone

  • on July 22, 2011, 17:08 GMT

    umar akmal should be made vice captain but he should not b given captaince unless he gets maturity .

  • on July 22, 2011, 17:21 GMT

    great call waqar bhai,i totally agree with you,you have done wonders by being the coach of Pkistan,in my little thought Hafeez is the right guy after Misbah to take Pakistan Cricket forward..