World T20: Waqar Younis' Apology Too Little Too Late, Say Former Pakistan Captains

Updated: 30 March 2016 17:15 IST

Post Pakistan's unceremonious exit from the World T20, coach Waqar Younis has offered to quit.

World T20: Waqar Younis
Ramiz Raja, a former captain, said the team's fortunes had gone down in the last three years and Waqar Younis had failed to bring about improvements. © AFP

Karachi:

Unimpressed by Pakistan cricket coach Waqar Younis' public apology for the team's disastrous World T20 campaign, former captains Ramiz Raja and Muhammad Yousuf have said it was a case of too little too late. (Pakistan Coach Waqar Younis Offers to Quit After World T20 Exit)

Former fast bowler, Shoaib Akhtar, however, said he had been pained by the way Waqar had offered his apology before the media. (Waqar Younis Submits Team's Performance Report to PCB)

"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'. (Afridi To Be Sacked After World T20: Pakistan Cricket Board)

Ramiz said on the same channel that even in the past, lot of people had been pardoned for failing to deliver good results.

"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," he 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 fortunes 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.

"When I was criticised, I resigned and left myself. I think two years is enough for anyone to prove himself and if that does not happen he should leave himself," he said.

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."

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.

Highlights
  • Pakistan were dumped out after their loss to Australia
  • Pakistan won just one match in the tournament - vs Bangladesh
  • Pakistan's coach offered to quit after World T20 debacle
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