Karachi: Aug 21, 2011
Pakistan's outgoing coach Waqar Younis has backed the national selectors for inducting young players into the team, saying if the step was not taken, they would have faced the same problems India are now encountering in England.
"It is good that a young side has been announced for the Zimbabwe tour. It is good to see youngsters in the side and there will always be criticism but sooner or later at some time you need to induct new players," Younis said having announced his resignation as head coach.
"If you don't find replacements at the right time than you face the problems that India is now facing. If you look at India's case they have not inducted youngsters at the right time and they are in a bad state in England," Younis said.
India are staring a whitewash against England in the four-Test series, having lost the first three Tests by big margins as most of their senior players have struggled in English conditions.
Younis said since Zimbabwe are a comparatively weaker opposition and it's a short tour, it was best time to give opportunities to new players and try them out.
"Unfortunately we are not getting any international cricket at home and teams are not coming here so how do you try out your new players specially those who have performed well in domestic cricket," he said.
The former fast bowler said there will always be criticism on some issue but one had to think ahead and give confidence to the new and young players.
Younis, whose resignation has caught everyone by surprise with Zimbabwe being his last tour as coach, said he was going a very proud man. He described his time with the team as a roller-coaster ride with lots of ups and downs and lot of controversies.
"I am proud because I don't think any team in the world could have performed the way these very players and team did even in very difficult circumstances with all the controversies and scandals.
"It was a roller coaster ride for me as we faced lot of controversies and also lot of success and I feel proud that despite all controversies and spot fixing scandal this team still managed to beat the best sides in the world in Tests or One-day internationals.
"You name it we beat all the teams and I am taking these proud moments with me. I didn't want to go but at times circumstances dictate your decisions. But I have no complaints with anyone," Younis insisted.
He maintained that he resigned due to personal and health reasons and the problems he was facing he did not want to do injustice with the team or country.
Younis also dismissed conspiracy theories surrounding his resignation. "If like everyone says everything was according to my way why would I resign and decide to leave after the Zimbabwe tour. I hope the people and the nation also understand why I had to resign and the reasons behind it."
Asked whether the Pakistan board should go for a foreign coach as his successor, Younis said it was very difficult to make suggestions on the issue. "It is very difficult to suggest who should be next coach a local or foreigner. I think the board has experience of working with both and the experiences are in front of them. It is their decision but whatever they decide it is going to be an examination for them and a very important decision for them," he added.
Younis also denied that his resignation had anything to do with Shoaib Malik's comeback into the team or the report by former manager Intikhab Alam in which he described him as arrogant and stiff with others at times. He insisted he had no conflict or disagreement with the board or the management.
"I can confirm that my decision to resign is not a result of any sort of conflict with the PCB chairman or with the team management. It is nothing to do with team selection either. Had everything in my personal life ? that is, my wife's health and my own ? been all right, I would not have taken this decision. But I do not want to fail to do the job justice because of the personal problems on my mind," he said. (PTI)