WC 2003 - ~~India defeat will haunt me, I~~ve to think where I stand~~

Published: Wednesday, March 5, 2003, 19:35 [IST]
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Pakistan skipper Waqar YounisBulawayo: Devastated by his first and only assignment as Pakistan's World Cup skipper ending in humiliation and early exit from the premier event, Waqar Younis has dropped a hint that he was contemplating retirement."Yes, we will sit down and discuss things. I also have to think about where I stand because this is one of the biggest disappointments of my life, the way we have performed in this World Cup," Waqar told reporters after Pakistan's match against Zimbabwe at Bulawayo on Monday was abandoned bringing an end to the visitors' campaign in the World Cup.Waqar said he had no excuses for his team's poor show and it did not deserve to be in the Super Sixes. "The Board gave us the best possible facilities and support team. We just didn't perform to our potential. We played bad cricket." Both Waqar and coach Richard Pybus are not expected to retain their positions for Pakistan's next international assignment as their contracts were until the World Cup."I don't want to blame any one player for letting the team and country down. I think we all must share the blame and responsibility. Yes as captain I take the main responsibility but apart from Wasim, Saeed or Rashid, I don't think we performed to our optimum level," Waqar was quoted as saying.Waqar said he was obviously devastated that in his only opportunity to captain the team in the World Cup, things had gone so wrong."Personally I am devastated. But then I also know how the people back home must be feeling. We were not really expected to perform in this manner. But there are genuine cricket reasons to why we have not done well."Waqar admitted losing to India at Centurion was the biggest setback to the team. "I don't think anyone in the team really thought it would go so wrong. But we just lost it as soon as India came out to bat."It is a defeat which will haunt me because we don't have cricket relations with India and we only played after three years. So that defeat was a big let down. And Monday's bad weather just about sums up what our World Cup campaign has been like," he said. The fast bowler said it was a pity that the last chance Pakistan had of salvaging some pride in the World Cup had been rained off."It is sad and a pity that we had no game against Zimbabwe. But we really didn't deserve to be there in the Super Six. I just wish Zimbabwe good luck."But he insisted that there was plenty of time before Pakistan's next international assignment to see where things had gone wrong and try to put them in the right order."We have had major problems with the batsmen being unable to cope with the bouncy tracks in South Africa. The bowlers have also not really delivered and have been expensive at times. These things need to be looked into and solutions need to be found."The Pakistan captain also complained about the format of the tournament and felt that day and night matches should not be scheduled in the World Cup. "I think in these games the team winning the toss has an unfair advantage from the start. The format needs to be looked into. Too many good teams have gone out of the World Cup also because of bad weather and other reasons apart from poor cricket." PTI

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