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Give young bowlers a chance, Waqar tells selectors

Published Jul 19, 2012 02:08pm


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"It was great to see Junaid bowling so well against a powerful Sri Lankan batting line up," Waqar said.  – Photo by Reuters

KARACHI: Pakistan's former coach Waqar Younis has emphasised the inclusion of young fast bowlers in the squad in all formats of the game.

Speaking to, Younis said that it would be a very big loss for Pakistan if the younger players are not given opportunities to prove themselves.

"There is enough fast bowling talent in Pakistan and the selectors should utilise the talent and give those youngsters an opportunity instead of ignoring them," he said.

He warned that players like Mohammad Sami should be on the look-out because there are many young bowlers looking to take his place.

"There are several young fast bowlers pushing the likes of Mohammad Sami for a place. I don’t want to single any youngsters out and put more pressure on them but the likes of Sami need to look over their shoulder."

Waqar said Sami had not impressed on his international cricket comeback even though his performances in the domestic circuit had been good.

"Sami has done well recently in domestic cricket but when it comes to international cricket he’s been expensive. He’s not a youngster, he’s had lots of chances and I think he’s going to find it difficult to retain his spot in the Pakistan side particularly in Test cricket."

In sharp contrast with Sami's performance, Junaid Khan was in good rhythm in the Test series against Sri Lanka where he recorded a five-wicket haul.

"It was great to see Junaid bowling so well against a powerful Sri Lankan batting line up. The main reason why Junaid was successful and Umar Gul and Mohammad Sami struggled was that Junaid was bowling the right length for those wickets."

"Junaid’s a real talent, an up and coming bowler who will only get better if he is looked after properly," Waqar said.


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shuaib Jul 20, 2012 04:12pm
Even before i clicked on the link i knew Waqar will be bashing Sami. Waqar, you have been doing this from day one Sami showed up on international scence. You seems to have some deep rooted issues with him beyond just his cricketing abilities. cheers
Illahi Bux Chachar Jul 21, 2012 11:45am
All your comments were really good ,but main thing which should have been spoken in this connection . The former cricketer who are in the job in the cricket board are silent ...just serving thier large salaries...they do not criticize the selection who is most talented player been critisized by the selector the main thing is if we want to see our team in high ranking we should take our part as a team the end I must say.....PROUD TO BE PAKISTANI..
IFTY Jul 20, 2012 09:50am
WAQAR YOUNIS IS THE SAME PERSON WHO DID NOT UTILISE ABDUL RAZAQ AND NEARLY DESTROYED HIS CAREER, SEEMED LIKE HE DID NOT WANT Mohammed Yousaf in the team , had bowlers like aizaz cheema in the team AND ALSO HAD THE LIKES OF MOHAMMED HAFEEZ, TAUFEEQ UMAR, IMRAN Farhat, aizaz cheema, who are average players, surely there were better youngsters out there than these players. Upmost respect for him as a bowler, but as a coach it seemed like he had indifferences with some of the senior players.
Zaneeq Jul 25, 2012 02:54pm
Aizaz Cheema is an excellent bowler and i am shocked that the person who brought home the Asia Cup Title after his amazing performance is not selected! Aizaz And Junaid need to be given a chance !!!
Owais Jul 19, 2012 04:19pm
Absolutely right Waqar Younis. It is a matter of concern for Pakistan cricket team. Test matches cannot be won by one bowler. And it is time to include more talented bowlers into the main stream.
Syed Jafri Jul 19, 2012 05:18pm
Can Waqar explain why 33 years old Aizaz cheema was playing instead of a talented youngster during his tenure as a coach.
Omer Jul 20, 2012 01:56pm
From young he doesn't mean age rather someone who has been tried and tested again and again, and if u read carefully, he is talking about Sami who has had umpteenth chances mainly because KCA backs him. Aizaz Cheema is still better than Sami and some other younger guys like Sohail Khan etc.
Naveed Jul 19, 2012 09:40pm
Why is Junaid not in T20 World Cup Team?
Usman Tariq Jul 20, 2012 01:43am
A very nice interview from likes of someone of Waqar Younis Stature, but i guess they have to do alot more then just giving comments or advising Pakistani Selectors. The question i want to put forward here is, our legends like Waqar and Wasim are the repaying the nation enough for all the support and love they earned through out their career? i guess not enough. Taking their mentor Imran Khan's case, who did more then commenting and criticizing PCB officials, Imran repaid the nation with his great talent recognition skills and gave Pakistan Stars of world cricket like Wasim, Waqar, Saeed Anwar, Inzamam and alot more. I wish Imran's students can do the same for Pakistan cricket and find some great talent from domestic cricket, as far as i am concern that's the only way to re pay the nation.
Mohammed Baluch Jul 20, 2012 02:45am
With due respect to Waqar, when he was Pakistan's coach, how many fast bowlers did he produce for the country? How come he never taught Umar Gul to bowl the right lengths during this period? Fast bowling is more than just bowling the right lengths - that is just the bare minimum. At least Sami is willing to bend his back - if he could improve his line, he would be a handful. Waqar is right when he advocates that youngsters should be given a chance, but in a high profile tournament like the T20 Championships, you have to go with the experienced lot.
Dilawer Jul 20, 2012 04:28am
It is ridiculous to single out player with their names. Waqar should use generalize terms and try not to influence the selectors from outside. He should be thinking on a higher level to streamline the process and think about nurturing the youngsters. Let the selectors decide who to pick and who to let go.
Dilawer Jul 20, 2012 04:30am
Just wondering what would Sir Waqar say about the inclusion of Shoaib Mailk in the squad besides his mediocre performance? Let us hear his commentary about Akmal brothers?
Syed Jafri Jul 20, 2012 07:30pm
If he is talking about tried and tested then he should have include Nasir Jamshed or Ahmad Shazad instread of Imran farhat. Nobody in Pakistan Cricket got more chances then Imran. Playing somebody for 1 match and discarded them for 1 or 2 years does not boost anybody confidence. To prove yourself in international cricket you need to given a fair chance. Sami played infamous sydney and bold beautifully and because of that Pakistan came close to wining the test, but because of another tried and tested Kamran Akmal we lost the match. The next Sami was droped again and since then he only appeared on 2 test matches.
Syed W. Ali Jul 20, 2012 10:46pm
Nice try. He gives Junaid's example by what he means by young. And, last I checked, Junaid is not 33.
Syed W. Ali Jul 20, 2012 10:49pm
Look who's talking. The whole Afridi fiasco started in West Indies because Waqar Younis wouldn't agree to play youngsters like Sadaf Hussain and Hammad Azam in the 3rd and 4th ODI when Pakistan had the unassailable 3-0 lead in the 5 ODI series. I take this as the sign that Waqar Younis is making amends on the deed not well-done, or so I hope.
Moosa Pervez Jul 21, 2012 07:12pm
Waqar has been one of the best bowlers and in the same time one of the worst commentator. How ugly he comments about some one by name and that he is doing from the day one since that guy has entered into the international arena. How shame!
AsN Jul 21, 2012 11:08pm
Aizaz played only in ZImbabwe tour under waqar SIR..
cricketlover Jul 23, 2012 04:13am
a lot of pakistan's teams are selected not on merit but rather who knows who! imran farhat is a classic example. his father in law was a selector while so he had to be included!! the day team were selected on merit alone were gone when Imran retired. i rather see a guy picked off a local team than guys like sami, kamaran akmal, imran nazir, shoib malik, farhat etc give chance after chance ..
Shahzad Tirmizi Jul 23, 2012 08:27am
Waqar was a coach not a selector.
Ali Ahmed Aug 09, 2012 06:27am
yea i agree..