‘Waqar was neither a good captain nor a good coach’, reveals Shoaib Akhtar

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“He (Waqar) has some bitterness against us and his behaviour with us was not acceptable”

Former Pakistan pace bowler Shoaib Akhtar has revealed that legendary seamer Waqar Younis “was neither a good captain nor a good coach”.

Akhtar’s comments come as the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) are considering replacing head coach Dav Whatmore with Younis.

Akhtar also had a bad experience with Younis during the 2011 International Cricket Council (ICC) World Cup when he was dropped for the semi-final against India in Mohali.

“When I learnt the team management, Intikhab Alam and Waqar Younis, had declared me unfit for the semi-final even though the captain Shahid Afridi wanted me to play, I wanted to go into the ground,” Akhtar said. “It was the most shattering experience for me and believe me at that time if I could and if God had allowed me I would have killed someone.

“Playing against India in a World Cup semi-final was the biggest match for me and I knew if I played I would have gone flat out in the first 10 overs as those overs would decide the match. It hurts they didn’t play me although I asked them tell me how did you decide I am unfit.”

Akhtar added that he doesn’t blame Afridi for not being able to play against India.

“We have supported each other a lot and I know Shahid wanted me to play in the semifinal but Intikhab and Waqar ganged up against me,” Akhtar said.

When asked why former players like Younis and Mohammad Yousuf have been criticising Afridi, Akhtar said: “I don’t know. He (Waqar) has some bitterness against us and his behaviour with us was not acceptable.”

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