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Waqar admits Younis experiment failed

Published Feb 19, 2015 06:26am

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CHRISTCHURCH: Members of Pakistan squad travel on a tram for a reception by the Pakistani community here on Wednesday.—Courtesy PCB
CHRISTCHURCH: Members of Pakistan squad travel on a tram for a reception by the Pakistani community here on Wednesday.—Courtesy PCB

CHRISTCHURCH: Pakistan coach Waqar Younis admitted the controversial experiment of using veteran batsman Younis Khan as an opener in the clash against India had failed.

“The experiment to use Younis wasn’t successful,” said Waqar on Wednesday.

“It’s not too tough to drop a senior player but in a tournament like the World Cup you try to use maximum experience.

“When we used Younis at number three or four he was not scoring runs so we used him as an opener but it didn’t work.”

Younis, playing his fourth World Cup, has managed just 73 runs in seven matches with a highest of 25 since the team’s arrival in New Zealand last month.

Pakistan have opener Nasir Jamshed waiting in the wings and he is likely to replace Younis, who made just six last weekend, if the 37-year-old is dropped for Saturday’s match against the West Indies in Christchurch.

Waqar insisted his team would bounce back in the coming matches.

“We can all see what went wrong,” he said about the India loss.

“We didn’t play well, India played better than us by building partnerships, probably we took more pressure,” he added.

“But we have to realise that it’s just the start and there are more games to play and we will come back in the matches ahead.”

Waqar repeated his team were not amongst the title favourites, a statement which he gave before the departure for New Zealand last month.

Then, such pessimism was greeted with severe criticism from former Pakistan players.

“I think it’s the same, I back that again, I am not saying that we have become favourites. Of course, saying that releases pressure from players when you are not favourites.”

Waqar, who is in his second stint as coach after guiding the team to a semi-final finish in the 2011 World Cup, blamed poor batting for the India loss.

“Unfortunately our batting did not click,” said Waqar.

“A target of 300 runs in Australia and New Zealand is chaseable, this has become the norm, a par total, and we have to chase down 300 in games ahead,” he maintained.

Pakistan desperately need a win against the West Indies to keep up their chances of a quarter-final place.

“We know the importance of the game so we will try to have a positive frame of mind and do well,” said the coach.

Published in Dawn February 19th , 2015

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kashif Feb 19, 2015 09:22am

Hats off Waqar for this silly excuse “When we used Younis at number three or four he was not scoring runs so we used him as an opener but it didn’t work.”

Viva Feb 19, 2015 09:27am

Yeah . That's true . I'm from India . And had felt indias victory in half at the start of the pak innings with younus as an opener . There will be lot of difference between opener and first down even first wicket fall in first over . There is psychological feeling too . I saw many times Younus blocked India while batting number 3 . And got relaxed when he opened innings .

I wooukd expect Pak team wl utilize well in the order .

syed Feb 19, 2015 09:39am

“Unfortunately our batting did not click,” said Waqar.

Unfortunately Waqar your record is very poor. Unfortunately you believe in nepotism, and regionalism.Based on personal likes and dislikes you select players, not based on their performance e.g. Razzak, Fawad Alam and Anwar Ali are far better, but you hate them. Yes your batting shall never click as you select batsmen when you were not even an ordinary batsman. All your players are injured. There is internal fighting and under you we have lost 4 ODI series in a row.

Hasnain Haque Feb 19, 2015 10:37am

For God's sake let the team play and stop criticising them.

Hasnain Haque Feb 19, 2015 10:39am

Pakistanis are their own worst enemy, why cant everyone just let them play in peace.

Kala Ingrez Feb 19, 2015 11:01am

With the exception of Imran Khan, most of the Pakistani players are the product of street or wealthy well connected families. From the beginning of time, the Pakistani coaches and players are unprofessional, rude and very uneducated with tremendous lack of confidence apparent in their behavior and play especially when they are under pressure. I say the country needs to open many real baseball, sorry, the circlet academies to train kids properly to become proud and professional players of the future.

Mansoor Sajid Feb 19, 2015 11:42am

PCB never planned for the World cup and now let them face the consequences. Al through the years PCB remained preoccupied in politics disregarding it's core function.

concerned_Cit Feb 19, 2015 12:06pm

Best of luck Waqar and Team GREEN.

Majid Ahmed Feb 19, 2015 12:56pm

But.. we believe you will be knocked out in the first round.

Qasim Feb 19, 2015 03:21pm

Drop Younis; bring in Sarfraz to open and keep

Saeed Ahmed Feb 19, 2015 03:48pm

Our batting did not click. Again. And yet again. Waqar is stating the obvious. The question is, and remains, what is the solution? Shouldn't Waqar, as the head coach, address this?

ABK Feb 19, 2015 06:53pm

So many so called cricket analysts, so many cricket related TV programs, so many statements from cricketers and former cricketers, so much criticism from all around...I feel sorry for PAK cricket team. How can they be Not under pressure and perform well?

ash Feb 19, 2015 07:53pm

Bring Sarfraz or Afridi as an opener against WIs. Pease drop Younus Khan, he cannot play in Australia at the age of 37. He never scored runs in Australia even when he was young so does not make any sense now to include him.

Usman Feb 19, 2015 11:20pm

So they played an over-aged has-been in an opening position for the first time ever in the most cruicial of games, a WC starter against India where everything was at stake, only because he was failing to deliver in his natural no.3 and no.4 positions??

This is beyond insanity...

Johny Feb 20, 2015 12:38am

Waqar should send Misbah as an opener!

Yakub Feb 20, 2015 01:10am

Ok, Yunus didn't click, then what happend to Umar? He has been a shady guy and conniving. Get rid of Umar and like him and Pakistan will win. Afridi seems to be playing against local kids clubs, when he will be serious? Too many problems and so little time to recover. We want Pak to win at all cost, get rid of Umar please.

Bismillah Khan Feb 20, 2015 01:35am

What is there to admit? Isn't it as clear as day to anyone with a slightest knowledge/interest in cricket?

Topanga Feb 20, 2015 07:23am

Imran Khan says keep Younis, get openninf batsman specialist, change going tactics to get wickets. Miandad says keep Younis at #4, don't repeat blunder of putting in your senior batsman who needs to build partnerships at #1, don't repeat failure of 3rd spinner, don't repeat failure of non-specialist wicketkeeper Akmal rather bring back Sarfaraz who has track record of intelligent and aggressive batting against AUS, NZ, SA fast bowlers in last 2 years. All of these should have been apparent to the head coach and chief selector. Since these were avoidable mistakes one has to ask whether a willful plan is being executed by the head coach and chief selector in PAK failure in WC? This head coach and chief selector combo needs to be eliminated ASAP after WC. No winning track record. Failures against NZ twice, failure against AUS, failure against in SL, failure in Asia Cup, failure in choosing a winning combination of fit players. Fawad Alam and Anwar Ali could have made very positive impact. They escaped collateral damage that is ongoing in WC. One can only hope that the head coach and chief will stop willfully wrong selection decisions and suicidal tactics on and off the ground. Bring Jamshid at #1. Bring Sarfaraz as wicketkeeper and possibly at #3. Keep Younis at #4. No need for a 3rd spinner. Push your top 3 fast bowlers to take wickets, bowl with an aggressive field. Mostly stop dividing the team. It does not help saying to the media we have a non-winning team and we told you so. Have winning mentality consistently.

Khalid Feb 20, 2015 07:25pm

I think the problem is that pakistan need to score 300 runs to win if ur lucky and when did pakistan can score 300 runs cricket team scoring big runs pakistan thinking like 1970 if u score 250 and u win games but not now u need to score 290 or to have good chance. .