Coach Younis warns players to show right attitude
ISLAMABAD (AP) — Coach Waqar Younis has warned Pakistan players to show right attitude otherwise they will be left behind in international cricket.
“Whosoever does well for Pakistan and play with the right attitude, he will stay,” Younis told reporters on Friday.
“It’s not my team or your team, it’s Pakistan’s team and we all want the good result.”
Younis had expressed reservations against some players in his World Cup report to the Pakistan Cricket Board. As a result selectors have dropped three top order batsmen — Nasir Jamshed, Ahmed Shehzad and Umar Akmal — for the one-day series against Bangladesh while experienced Younis Khan only managed to make the test squad.
“Yes, in my report I have written my reservations to the PCB and most of them were accepted,” Younis said without singling out any axed player.
“There’s a dire need of a right attitude toward many aspect of the game and if we don’t do it, we will be left behind.”
Pakistan was eliminated in the quarterfinal of the World Cup when it lost to eventual champion Australia. It also lost to archrival India and West Indies in group matches before qualifying for the last eight with victories against Zimbabwe, South Africa, United Arab Emirates and Ireland.
Misbah-ul-Haq and Shahid Afridi retired from limited-overs cricket after the World Cup and the PCB appointed Azhar Ali as captain for ODIs while recalling middle order batsmen Asad Shafiq and Fawad Alam for the Bangladesh tour.
“It’s a new era and with these players. I am optimistic that they can serve Pakistan for long,” Younis said.
“Talent is there but it’s all about opportunities which they have it now and I am hopeful they will do well in the upcoming series.”
Younis said Pakistan has to look forward after the retirement of Misbah and Afridi and should include more and more younger players in international matches.
“We didn’t include new players recently which I think should be a regular practice and players should be tested on and off,” Younis said.
Younis said Bangladesh, which was also knocked out in the quarterfinal by India in the World Cup, has improved a lot and will not be an easy opponent for Pakistan.
“We have a young side with lot of newcomers and I can’t put extra pressure on them, but I believe they can do the job.”
Pakistan bowling attack will be strengthened in all the three formats with the return of offspinner Saeed Ajmal after his bowling action was cleared in February. And the coach has high hopes for his bowler.
“Ajmal has showed lot of character over the last eight months and his approach towards the game is very good,” Younis said.
“He deserves respect and I am sure he will do good.”