Karachi: Waqar Younis, Pakistan’s current bowling coach former Test cricketer, said that experienced pacers Mohammad Amir and Wahab Riaz are in long-term plans for the national team.
“We can’t write off them, both Amir and Wahab. We know their potential and they had won us a lot of matches so their value remains still. As far as their inclusion is concerned so see we have a big pool of players and being a part of team management, it is difficult to make decisions. We have them in our plan and we will use them according to the need,” Younis said in a video conference with journalists.
Recently, Amir took retirement from Test cricket and Wahab parted ways with the longest format of the game for an indefinite time period. Such a decision just before Pakistan took on Sri Lanka in the first ICC Test Championship contest, put both the pacers under immense criticism.
Later, they both were dropped in T20Is against Bangladesh in January this year and people called it the right decision following their unexpected move.
But Younis clarified that the case of Wahab and Amir was different from what it had been portrayed. He said that team management emphasized the need for grooming the youngsters for upcoming tours.
“As I told earlier, we haven’t forgotten Wahab and Amir. If people think in such a way, they are wrong. See, when you are building a team, you have to draft youngsters and it happens everywhere in the world. It doesn’t mean that you give up on your senior players, they are and will remain a part of our long-term plan,” he added.
On the other hand, the cricketer-turned-coach also talked about Sarfaraz Ahmed’s improved fitness but he is not happy with his performance in the Pakistan Super League (PSL) season 5.
“Sarfaraz has improved himself in fitness. But, unfortunately, he could not perform up to the mark in PSL 5. Again, it doesn’t mean he is not in our plans. There is enough time left in T20 World Cup and I want him to keep working hard,” he maintained.
Upon being asked, the Burewala express thinks that talented fast bowlers have come out from PSL such as Naseem Shah, Mohammad Husnain and Shaheen Shah Afridi. He called them a bright future for Pakistan.
“Recently, we have got some top-notch young talent in the likes of Muhammad Musa, Naseem Shah, Shaheen Shah Afridi, Mohammad Hasnain. They made their name in such a short span of time and keep the ability to shine at the higher level,” he said.