Rift between Coach Waqar and Senior players?

Published: Tuesday, September 7, 2010, 16:04 [IST]
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'Senior players not happy with Waqar'

There are reports that there is a rift developing between Waqar Younis and senior players in the Pakistan camp.

After the T20 loss against England in Cardiff Waqar was reportedly very furious with the performances of the senior players. He told the senior players if they cant perform they should stop playing cricket or they should shape up their performances at the international level according to the 'Jang' report.

"Waqar was very angry and pointedly told some senior players that if they can't improve their fielding or performance they should leave the game," one source said.

Another source said that some of the players were not very happy with the outburst by Waqar and conveyed this to manager, Yawar Saeed.

"The players feel that at a time when the players need support of not only the people but also of the management the attitude of the coach was not acceptable and would not help the situation in the team," the source said.

Captain Shahid Afridi also spoke to the players and calmed them down and made it clear to them they also needed to perform and deliver as the team needed to win to take the people's mind off the spot-fixing and betting issues.

Afridi had also reportedly met with the three suspended players before leaving London for Cardiff and discussed their current position.

"All the three pleaded their innocence and said they had been trapped. I told them that if they were innocent they should not run away from the media and face them in the face.

"I had a separate meeting with Mohammad Aamer and told him he had been stupid to put his promising career at stake for whatever reasons," Afridi said according to Jang report.

Waqar reportedly has bad terms with Ijaz butt and Yawar saeed as well.


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