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Thursday, May 26, 2011

Pakistan coach Waqar Younis feels his side deserves a series on Home grounds

Pakistan coach Waqar Younis feels his side deserves a series on Home grounds
Pakistan’s head coach, Waqar Younis, has insisted that his players deserve to play on home grounds after the team has been forced to play home events on neutral grounds since the 2009 terrorist attack on the visiting Sri Lankan team.
According to the former Pakistan pacer, it is extremely difficult for his squad to think of improving their ratings without the comfort of a home series.
The 39-year-old Waqar, speaking on the matter said, “It's tough. It's never easy. We're always touring and playing on different surfaces and we don't know the pitches and conditions. It's very difficult to adjust every month or so. It's four (overseas) venues I've done in less than a year.”
Waqar believes that in order to raise the confidence of the players, it is imperative that they play in home conditions.
“You need to play home to get the confidence of the youngsters. That's not happening so what we're trying to do is taking the youngsters on the tour and trying to prepare them, which is the hardest part in cricket,” he reiterated.
The Pakistan coach admitted that there is no denying the fact that Pakistan is currently not a safe place, due to which it is extremely difficult to convince foreign teams to play in the terror hit country.
The head coach expressed his satisfaction over the performance of his side, which won the five-match One-Day series and managed to draw the two-match Test series against the West Indies.
After losing the first Test, Pakistan bounced back by annihilating the hosts after posting a mammoth total of 426 runs on the board for the Windies to chase on the fourth and fifth day, however, Darren Sammy’s side fell 196 runs short of the total tally.
Waqar insisted that the win in Guyana showed that Pakistan can bat well and negated the rumours suggesting that there was a major flaw in the batting outfit of the Pakistan squad.
He praised opening batsmen Taufeeq Umar and captain Misbah-ul-Haq, for their ton in the second innings, that basically provided a launch pad for Pakistan to clinch the second Test.
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