Former Pakistan captain and head coach Waqar Younis suggested a Pakistan Super League of 50 overs besides the prevailing 20-over format in order to lift the standard of national one-day team.
The Islamabad United director and bowling coach praised the benefits of the 20-over PSL.
“For Twenty20 cricket I think its [PSL] very beneficial,” Waqar Younis told ARY News. “We have seen some youngsters coming through. But when you look at the longer version or ODI format I think we are left behind when you look around the world.
“That can only be fixed either you have a PSL of 50 overs where all the international cricketers come and work or you can fix your First Class cricket. I think First Class cricket needs to be looked into.
“We all enjoy it and we see the talent coming through but because First Class is not really looked after and it is not really that fruitful I guess nobody is focusing on that. I feel if you need to improve your one day and test cricket, you need to focus on your First Class cricket.”
Waqar finds the PSL job as of less pressure.
“It is good fun. It is easier because they are all very professional. They all get paid heavily, they come here to do the job and our job is to get the best out of them.
“It is less pressure because it gives me a bit more time to work with the youngsters and also get to know the PSL. It is very enjoyable and also PSL is getting better.”
Waqar is confident that his style of work is helping Islamabad.
“You have seen them and know them. I have also been on the coaching circuit for a long time now. I have worked in the different leagues and hence I don’t see any problem with it. You have to comfort them at times and you got to push them as well. There are things we need to do to get the best out of them,” said Waqar.
“I think less pressure is here because there are a lot of overseas players and you know they are good enough and know how to do their job. Most of the overseas players that come here, play only T20 cricket. They play around the world they know their job they know their role so it is easy.”
“When we coach international side or Pakistan or any other country I think there is lot more pressure from the nation from the cricket board and media and other sides. It is a bit tough and when you talk about international cricket,” he added.
Waqar praised the unity in Islamabad United team, which helped them win the first edition in 2016.
“I have a wonderful team not only the playing eleven, even the support staff and management is quite good,” went on to say.
He is not worried over injuries in Islamabad team with West Indian all-rounder Andre Russell out of the PSL and Rumman Raees doubtful for Thursday’s game against Lahore.
“Injuries are bound to happen because it is a very fast flowing game, which is why franchises carry more players. Each team carries 21 players so there will always be a replacement for every spot so I don’t think we are going to suffer that much.”
“Ruman Raees and Andre Russell were our main players, we have lost them but still we are hopeful that the kidswho have been warming the bench will deliver when given an opportunity,” he further stated.