Pakistan’s former head coach, Waqar Younis expressed his delightedness on seeing the lost passion of Pakistan cricket team during Champions Trophy 2017.
“We saw that lost passion in Champions Trophy,” said Waqar Younis while talking to Sanam Baloch in ARY News’ show.
“We saw that spark in Champions Trophy after a long time that Pakistan was known for, the passion we used to have in the era of 90s,” he added.
Waqar Younis highlighted that Pakistan team lacked that passion in the middle due to the absence of international cricket in the country.
“Major reason for that is we are deprived of international cricket in the country,” he told. “Our cricket stadiums are empty, youngsters are losing interest.
“Moreover, our schools are also not helping the cause, there are no grounds in the school, which is sad, it doesn’t help the sports to grow,” he continued.
The former speedster has given the credit of Pakistan’s Champions Trophy triumph to the youngsters, who have brought a new energy to the side.
“I always support the idea of bringing fresh blood in the team, this is what happened, there were eight new players in the team and they brought a new energy to the team,” he stated.
The 45-year old praised Sarfraz Ahmed for the way he led the side, he also hailed the efforts of young players like Fakhar Zaman, Rumman Raees and specially Shadab Khan.
“Sarfraz was up there, he was fighting for it, he had a big role in Pakistan’s win,” he said. “When a leader plays like this, the rest of the team follows him.”
“The way Fakhar (Zaman) played, the way Fahim (Ashraf) performed, Rumman Raees contributed is commendable and specially Shadab Khan, he is just 18 years old and what a bowler he is!” he said.
Talking about India and Pakistan cricket, Waqar Younis put it beautifully by saying cricket is orphan without Indo-Pak cricket.