ICC World Twenty20: Ramiz Raja, Mohammad Yousuf blame Waqar Younis for Pakistan’s decline

first_imgAfter Pakistan’s failure to make it big in major tournaments in last few years, former captains Ramiz Raja and Mohammad Yousuf have targeted coach Waqar Younis for team’s downfall. Pakistan are currently ranked No. 7 in the T20I format, No. 8 in ODIs and No.4 in Tests.They have suffered series defeats to England and New Zealand before they bowed out of Asia Cup and the World T20 early. Their last T20I series win came against Zimbabwe in September in 2015. In last year’s 50-overs World Cup too, they failed to reach the semi-finals.”The thing is no one is willing to face criticism or resign voluntarily. If the team had been producing good results the situation would have been different. The sad part is that neither have we seen a change in performance nor the mindset. So the time has now come for changes,” Ramiz said.Ramiz said he had played with Waqar and didn’t want to hurt him by saying anything more.”A lot of space and liberty has already been given to stakeholders. Now the time has come for hard decisions,” Ramiz said.The former captain said it was obvious the team’s graph had gone down in the last three years and Waqar had failed to bring about improvements.”If our talent on the bench is not good enough whose fault is it? The skill level of some players is just not improving. I think it is time to rest some players and try out new faces,” he added.advertisement”When I was criticised, I resigned and left myself. I think two years are enough for anyone to prove himself and if that does not happen he should leave himself,” he said.’Waqar should work with A team’Yousuf said it made no sense for Waqar to apologise after two years.”He is one of our greats and it would be better if he is assigned with the junior team like Rahul Dravid is working with the Indian juniors. I am sure he will produce better results and players,” Yousuf opined.”Radical and hard decisions need to be taken now. Bring honest people who are willing to give time and commitment to their jobs.”‘Painful to see Waqar apologising'”Waqar is one of our greats and it was painful to see him apologising. I don’t think anything will change by individuals apologising. A lot of things need to be set right in Pakistan cricket,” Akhtar said on Geo News.Akhtar said although Waqar had apologised but each and every person in the team and the PCB was responsible for the decline.”The target and ambition of our players are very small now and they don’t have the talent or achievements to even think about forming groupings in the team,” he said.(With PTI inputs)last_img read more