Afridi unreceptive to advice: Waqar

Published: Tuesday, June 7, 2011, 14:38 [IST]
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Afridi unreceptive to advice: Waqar

Islamabad, June 7: : Pakistan cricket coach Waqar Younis has blasted his World Cup captain Shahid Afridi's for his "immature" and "destabilising" behavior during a recent tour of the West Indies.

In a reports published by a leading Pakistan newspaper on Tuesday, Waqar said Afridi's "volatile and immature nature" was the cause of Pakistan's two defeats in the five-match one-day international series in the Caribbean.

"As a captain, I feel he (Afridi) is still very immature, has poor discipline, lacks game plan and is unwilling to listen to others' opinion or advice," Waqar was quoted as saying. "Sometimes his volatile and immature nature has proved detrimental and led to unfortunate outcomes, including game losses."

Afridi picked a bone with the team management on his arrival from the West Indies, saying everyone should do his job and should not interfere in what others were doing.

Following Afridi's public outburst, the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) sacked him as captain, with cricket board chairman Ijaz Butt saying he had adequate cause to make Misbah-ul-Haq captain for a two-match series against Ireland.

Afridi quit international cricket in protest, criticising the PCB officials, and said he would only resume his international career if the PCB were reformed. The PCB responded by suspending Afridi's central contract and revoking the No Objection Certificate that he needs to play for any team abroad.

Afridi's lawyers have challenged the formation of the PCB's disciplinary committee and said they would not attend Wednesday's hearing as they felt the cricket board had already announced the punishment without giving the all-rounder a fair chance to defend himself.

Pakistan lost the last two one-day internationals after getting an unassailable 3-0 lead against West Indies.

Waqar said Afridi was unwilling to discuss the playing XI before the last two matches and came to team meetings with a "decisive mindset."

Waqar said manager Intikhab Alam always tried to resolve issues with Afridi "but his (Afridi) attitude and unwillingness to sort out matters led to a very uncomfortable dressing room environment which affected the players' performance."

Alam, in his report, said that the coach and captain did not get along well and Afridi did not consult the coach, "especially when to take batting powerplay or change the batting order. As a matter of fact, Shahid Afridi is a highly hyperactive personality who lacks temperament," Alam said.

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