Fiery Waqar slams PCB for ‘leaking’ confidential report

Published March 30, 2016
“There is more politics in Pakistan cricket than the parliament. We are all fed up of these inquiry committees.” — AFP/file
“There is more politics in Pakistan cricket than the parliament. We are all fed up of these inquiry committees.” — AFP/file

Head coach Waqar Younis fired a stinging volley at the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) after details of a confidential report from Tuesday's meeting in Lahore was leaked to the media.

In a press conference outside the Gaddafi Stadium, a fired-up Waqar went as far saying that there “was more politics in Pakistan cricket than the parliament.”

The 44-year-old took to the press after the second meeting of a fact-finding committee which was formed to assess Pakistan's disastrous World Twenty20 campaign. The coach gave a detailed report to the PCB on the first day of the meeting on Tuesday, the details of which were leaked in the media, prompting Waqar's ire.

“Let’s forget about my position as coach for a minute. The real question is who is leaking information from these confidential reports? I’ve given a fair assessment but bits and pieces from my reports have been picked, moulded and leaked in the media to present me as some kind of villain,” Waqar said on Wednesday.

According to the former captain, who was hired as head coach for a second time in 2014 and whose contract is due to expire in May, said Pakistan cricket was rife with politics.

“There is more politics in Pakistan cricket than the parliament. We are all fed up of these inquiry committees. What are they achieving? We need to open our eyes and not look at opportunities to shift the blame.”

According to some reports in the media, Waqar had alleged former wicketkeeper and team manager Moin Khan of disrupting team culture.

But Waqar said his details from his report had been 'twisted' to create further divisions.

“I presented an honest assessment in my report but I feel some individuals did not appreciate that. Hence my report has been twisted and leaked in the media. And that is why I came to meet the PCB chief today. Unfortunately, despite being present in his office and only three doors down from me, I was only give time over the phone.”

“Have I suddenly become their enemy? Aren't we all part of the same team? I have been left deeply hurt by their actions,” Waqar said pointing to PCB chief Shaharyar Khan and ex-co chairman Najam Sethi.

The coach once again offered to resign from his post saying if “my exit means things will be better, I would do it without delay.”

There was further drama as selection committee member Kabir Khan resigned from his post as Waqar addressed the press. It was followed by a very brief statement from Shaharyar Khan who clarified his position.

“I had told Waqar I was unavailable to meet today and that is why I spoke on the phone.”

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