Waqar blasts Afridi in leaked report | The Daily Star
12:00 AM, March 31, 2016 / LAST MODIFIED: 12:00 AM, March 31, 2016

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Waqar blasts Afridi in leaked report

In the wake of Pakistan's dismal performance in the World Twenty20 and consequent elimination from the tournament, head coach Waqar Younis wrote a report as the head of a fact-finding committee to the Pakistan Cricket Board. However, the report was leaked to the media, much to the chagrin of the bowling legend. Here are some excerpts from the report:

ON SHAHID AFRIDI:

We lost to New Zealand, Asia Cup and the World T20 due to poor captaincy. Over several occasions, I had made it clear that Shahid Afridi was not performing with the bat, ball or as a captain but I was not listened to. Poor tactics really cost us matches. A meeting was held after the New Zealand T20 series, where the boys emphasised that they felt confused with what the captain was telling them to do.

Shahid Afridi didn't attend a few meetings and practice and this is not how a captain leads from the front. He was so fixated on his own performance that he did not execute any game plan or use the right player at the right time.

His sudden decision on changing the batting order or field placement did not help the team. He appeared to be under so much pressure and playing poorly, it really reflected poorly on the team.

The whole team morale was down because they felt the pressure from the captain.

ON UMAR AKMAL:

All the time he (Akmal) managed to retain his place in the team. Is this the criteria we are setting for the selection of a new player? Andrew Symonds was a very talented player for Australia or Kevin Pietersen for England but due to their behavior they were dropped and never picked again irrespective of their talent. Are we bold enough to take this step or do we fear the media or pressure from different people to play certain players? Sacrificing one Umar Akmal will allow us to develop other players who can truly and proudly wear the star on their chest and represent Pakistan.

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