Former Pakistan pacer Waqar Younis has come forward to give some harsh statements against his successors in the country's national team. Younis blamed senior Pakistan players for stretching their careers way after they passed their prime, and has urged Pakistan Cricket Board to not overlook fitness standards to avoid fiascoes like in the recent World Cup where Pakistan failed to get to the knock-outs.
The Men in Green were knocked out in the group stage of the quadrennial tournament which ended with hosts England winning their maiden title on Sunday.
"Till the last moment, our World Cup squad was not final and clear. There is a big problem that senior players try to linger on in their careers and there is no one to tell them it is time for them to retire gracefully," Waqar said without taking any specifying any names, as per PTI.
"For the last so many years, we see the same thing. At the last moment, seniors are brought in as the authorities are scared to lose in a big tournament," he added.
Younis also lashed out those who are defending Pakistan’s performance in the World Cup on the basis of the team winning their last four matches. Waqar said the team should never have reached such a position.
"The way we struggled to win against Afghanistan in the final over it should not be like that. Our biggest problem is we make compromises in selection on fitness issues, seniority, and other matters," he said in an interview to a publication.
He stressed on how PCB doesn't learn from the mistakes and keeps on repeating the same exercise again and again.
"Every four years we do the same exercise - change the captain, sack the coaches and shoot the chief selector and blame the domestic structure but this leads to nowhere and the same mistakes are repeated again," he added.
Waqar mentioned that about five years ago he had given a comprehensive plan to the Pakistan Cricket Board on how to take the game forward.
"I told them no compromises on fitness, development of players who can play at the rate of 3 and a half and 4 runs per over and seniors being told to retire at the right time but nothing came off it," he added.
Waqar also insisted that he had no ambitions to become the team's head coach again.
"There is a new set-up in the PCB and they have new ideas which is good but it is not necessary, I can do something good for Pakistan cricket only being the head coach. I can do that in any position. If the PCB offers me something I will definitely think over it," he said.