Cape Town - No stranger to controversy Kamran Akmal has delivered an
explosive interview in which he slammed former coach Waqar Younis.
Kamran feels that Waqar's desire to experiment caused
Pakistan to regress unnecessarily with the best team not getting out on the
Pakistani publication DAWN quote Kamran as saying: “With due
respect, Waqar was a failure as coach and he caused lot of damage to Pakistan
cricket. In his enthusiasm to experiment and sideline established players, he
put the national team back by two to three years.
Waqar had two stints in charge of the Pakistan with the
second ending after the team's abject failure at the World T20 in India in
Kamran is the first player to openly speak against Waqar but
he claims that there were a number of players who had issues with the former
He went on: “I don’t know the reasons but Waqar certainly
had issues with some players. He had no plans on how to take Pakistan forward.
An example was when he went to the 2015 World Cup and asked Younis Khan to open
the innings and then sidelined Sarfraz Ahmed until late in the
The wicketkeeper batsman feels that Waqar took actions that
caused disruptions within the team.
He added: “I can remember Umar Akmal scored a hundred in an
Asia Cup match and in the next game he was batting behind Shahid Afridi and
others. Waqar no doubt was a great player for Pakistan but as a coach he was a
“He took six to seven new players to Bangladesh after the
World Cup and the result was we lost both the one-day and T20 series for the
first time against them.”
Kamran painted Waqar as a hard trainer who did little to
help the team improve their skills.
He griped: “I have played under different coaches including
Bob Woolmer and I can say they used to plan and they used to create a rapport
with the players. Waqar insisted on training hard all the time and not having
the players also focus on their skills and cricket development was damaging to
Chief selector Inzamam-ul-Haq and coach Mickey Arthur
recalled Kamran for the limited overs section of the tour to the West Indies
earlier this year, despite playing all three matches he was not included in the
squad that went on to win the ICC Champions Trophy.