Razzaq: Waqar’s attitude caused disharmony in team

"It is no secret and I am witness to this that Waqar never respected senior players and was never able to treat all players equally, which resulted in disharmony in the team," Razzaq said.

Waqar Younis was removed as Pakistan's coach following the team's exit from the World Twenty20.   -  Reuters

Discarded Test all-rounder Abdul Razzaq has blamed the national team’s outgoing coach Waqar Younis for Pakistan cricket’s downfall.

In a stinging attack on his former captain, Razzaq said that Waqar, instead of blaming others, should take up responsibility for Pakistan’s failure.

“It is no secret and I am witness to this that Waqar never respected senior players and was never able to treat all players equally, which resulted in disharmony in the team,” Razzaq said.

“He himself is responsible for causing insecurity among the players and not being able to give them enough confidence to perform well for the country,” he added.

Razzaq, 36, played 46 Tests, 265 ODIs and 32 T20 internationals, said, Waqar’s decisions unsettled the team.

The senior player was also criticised PCB’s decision to appoint Misbah-ul-Haq and Younis Khan as advisors.

“Tell me, if Pakistan is at the bottom in limited over cricket, who is responsible? Obviously, (it’s) the very people who have been playing for the last six-seven years. So what advice will they give to the board?” he questioned.

“There are some players who are only interested in good jobs and positions. How many want to work at the grass root level and really do something productive for Pakistan cricket?”

Razzaq however backed the decision to appoint Inzamam-ul-Haq as the chief selector.

“I have played with him and under his captaincy and if he follows the same principles he followed as a captain than he will do something good for Pakistan cricket,” Razzaq said. “ Inzamam never played players on basis of their statistics; he always played those players whom he believed could deliver for Pakistan and he always stood by their selection and fought for them.”

Razzaq said the biggest problem with Pakistan cricket in recent years had been the inability of selectors and team management to decide which players were ideal for which format.

“We don’t even know who is good for which format and we keep tinkering with the teams all the time and we expected good results. Look at our performances our rankings have been going down since the last few years,” he added.

Razzaq wanted to return to Pakistan and play in the upcoming domestic season and impress the selectors.

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