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Saturday, May 21, 2011

Wasim Akram takes aim at Waqar, PCB

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Legendary pace bowler Wasim Akram on Saturday joined the growing list of former Pakistani players criticising the removal of Shahid Afridi as ODI skipper, saying the decision defied logic.
He also took a shot at Waqar Younis by saying, “In Pakistan, the coach wants all the power and when it doesn’t happen, the fight begins.”
The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) discarded the the flamboyant Afridi as Pakistan’s ODI captain after reports of a tussle with coach Waqar Younis became public.
“Arguments between captains and coaches are not new in Pakistan cricket. Afridi was hailed as a national hero after the World Cup, and came back from the West Indies after winning the ODI series only to find out he has been sacked. What is the PCB upto?” Akram told ‘Mobile ESPN’
Akram also thought the decision to appoint 36-year-old Misbah-ul-Haq as Afridi’s replacement was “at best a stop-gap arrangement.”
“The present Test skipper Misbah-ul-Haq is on the wrong side of 30 and I don’t see him leading the side beyond 6 to 8 months”, said Akram.
“It is a wrong step taken by PCB, and only (chairman) Ijaz Butt is to be blamed for this,” he added.
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