PCB officials irked with Waqar for not following selection procedure

Outgoing coach Waqar Younis did not follow the selection procedure decided before the start of Zimbabwe tour Getty Images

By CricketCountry Staff

Karachi: Sep 13, 2011

The officials of the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) are irked with outgoing coach Waqar Younis for not following selection process, which was decided before the start of the Zimbabwe tour.

The Express Tribune reported that Waqar made forced changes during the selection of the one-off Test and One-Day International (ODI) squads, acting against the strategy he agreed to before the team’s departure.

“Waqar’s being stubborn, doesn’t listen to anybody and selects the players that he wants,” a PCB official said.

“Fortunately, we won the Test, but the decision to play Umar Akmal instead of Asad Shafiq was not beyond comprehension. It was decided beforehand to give every player a chance, but not at the expense of other upcoming player,” the official added.

The official said that the team for the first ODI was also not in good shape, and if Younis Khan and Misbah-ul-Haq had failed, Pakistan would have been in some danger.

“Waqar is selecting individuals on personal likes and dislikes, which is not the first time he’s done that,” the official said.

However, the PCB has decided not to take any action against the outgoing coach.