Waqar Younis contemplated quitting after spot fixing scandal
London: Former Pakistan fast bowler and coach Waqar Younis has revealed that he considered quitting as coach of Pakistan cricket team back in 2010 when the spot fixing scandal came into the limelight.
The tainted trio of Mohammad Amir, Salman Butt and Mohammad Asif recieved jail sentences and lengthy bans for bringing the game into disrepute. Waqar Younis said that the situation at that moment was quite intense and upsetting which is why he was considering quitting from the post of coach but with Misbah coming in as captain things improved and got back on track.
“We all were very upset with the whole episode and everyone was down and out, and we couldn’t really play the next day,” Waqar said according to ESPNcricinfo. “I still remember… the late Yawar Saeed was the manager, and he was very upset and we couldn’t do anything and it was very, very ugly.
“Even at one stage, I thought ‘that’s it, do I really want to work, do I really want to carry on with this whole thing?’ I went back and I spoke to my family and I couldn’t really leave the team at the time. I went back and thought about it and I wanted to back these guys. It’s not their fault, it’s maybe one or two who have done it, but the rest, they don’t deserve all this and if I leave now, it’s going to get worse. Then, Misbah [ul-Haq] took over [as captain] and things started sort of rolling better and we did extremely well after that.”
Waqar Younis feels sorry for what happened with Mohammad Amir at such a tender age and he backs his return to international cricket. He added that even Mohammad Asif and Salman Butt deserve another chance at playing international cricket.