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Waqar admits, Pakistan cricket in trouble

DHAKA: As Bangladesh grabbed a historic series win over Pakistan on Sunday, head coach Waqar Younis had to give in to the criticism from all quarters.

Waqar has admitted in the interview given to local media that the team was in ‘trouble’.

“I accept what the critics’ say, Pakistan cricket is facing problems,” Waqar said.

“Pakistan need to change the way it plays cricket. Our cricketing style is very defensive and it will take us time to get free from this mindset,” he added.

He said defensive style is not the big issue for Pakistan; the team is facing fitness issues as well and the coach has not been able to pick the best side.

It is pertinent to mention here that, Yasir Shah, Ehsan Adil, Sohaib Maqsood and Sohail Khan were ruled out from the tour due to injured.

Pakistan also had fitness issue ahead of World Cup when Junaid Khan and Mohammad Hafeez were out of the tournament before even it was started while Mohammad Irfan also left the team in the middle when he was desperately needed.

 “Our team’s biggest problem is fitness and we will not compromise in ensuring that each and every player is match fit,” he said.

Waqar rejected the idea of looking back at the ‘tried and tested’ lot following the historic series defeat against Bangladesh. “There is no need to look back,” he said, adding: “We have to move forward with younger players.”

Pakistan is scheduled to play the third and the final One-Day International against Bangladesh on Wednesday, April 22, at the Sher-e-Bangla Stadium in Dhaka.

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