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2016-03-31 09:20:25

A useless apology : Nepotism erodes Pakistan Cricket

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Head coach Waqar Younis on Tuesday apologized to nation over team’s  poor performance in ongoing mega event International Cricket Council World Twenty20. The 2009 champions have been widely blasted by fans following a lacklustre performance with just one victory against lowly ranked Bangladesh and big losses to India, New Zealand and Australia. Team members were jeered on their return this weekend by huge crowds at Lahore airport, who chanted “Shame! Shame!”  Addressing a press conference at the Pakistan Cricket Board headquarters in Lahore on Tuesday, Younis said: “I place my hands together and beg forgiveness from the nation.” He contends that that Afridi and the players failed to follow the game plan, and his errant decisions ruined any chances left. His clashes with the player are not unheard off, the two clashed in 2011 as well, with Waqar calling Afridi “immature” and “stubborn”. While Afridi can be criticised for his uncooperative behaviour as captain, the real blame lies with the PCB. Every statistical analysis showed that Afridi was a spent force, and unreliable player well beyond his prime, but the board allowed itself to be pressurised by the player and his “star power” and decided to give him a final chance at winning something – at the expense of the team and the country’s expectations. Who does the board represent, the nation or the personal sentiments of Shahid Afridi? But the analysis – by Waqar himself and international commentators – goes further than nepotistic decisions. Pakistan cricket languishes “ten years behind the modern game”. This is obvious to see, all international teams now comprise of professional sportsmen, who are fit, athletic, and train hard at their strengths and weaknesses. Pakistan on the other hand still features rotund players like Sharjeel Khan and Shoaib Maqsood – whose lack of athletic ability has cost more than one match. Other national teams have invested in young players, drawn from their academies, which are consistently played and groomed to become better. The Pakistani team sees out of favour old players – like Sami and Imran Nazir – making a comeback again and again.The PCB needs a overhaul, the domestic circuit needs a overhaul, and the coaching staff needs a overhaul. The current team is the weakest in decades, with no Saeed Ajmal to bail it out. It is time to invest in a team, not individuals.

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