Waqar Younis hits back at Najam Sethi for his pessimistic remarks about Pakistan cricket
A similar comment was put forth by Shahid Afridi, the retired all-rounder, back in 2016.
Updated - Jul 17, 2018 2:12 pm
Pakistan Cricket is going through a good run of form in limited-overs cricket. The team, captained by Sarfraz Ahmed, won the T20I triangular series, involving Australia and Zimbabwe. Currently, they are playing a five-match ODI series against Zimbabwe and are leading the series 2-0. Fakhar Zaman’s second ODI century helped the national team carve their second victory.
Despite the impressive form, Najam Sethi, the Chairman of the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) slammed them and criticised them for their indisciplined and lethargic approach towards their cricket. Co-incidentally, a similar comment was put forth by Shahid Afridi, the retired all-rounder, back in 2016 where he mentioned that there’s dearth of talent in the nation.
“Problem is Pakistani society, entire Pakistan is like that, no discipline, shortcut-ism, and lack of education” Sethi was quoted as saying in an interview with Pakistan BBC news. Meanwhile, the comments didn’t go down well with Waqar Younis, the former Pakistani fast-bowler and he slammed Sethi left, right and centre on Twitter.
He wrote, “Think before you speak, please stop blaming the nation being uneducated. They are better than lots of educated ones. There’s plenty (sic) talent in Pakistan #Regard #Respect”
Here is Waqar’s tweet
— Waqar Younis (@waqyounis99) July 17, 2018
Pakistani cricket has gone through some turbulent times lately owing to various reasons. Umar Akmal, the wicketkeeper-batsman, previously was accused of not abiding by the rules and regulations after which he was evicted from the team. He last played international cricket back in January 2017 against Australia. Recently, opening batsman Ahmed Shehzad has also got himself tangled in a controversy
He was found guilty in the dope test conducted during the Pakistan Cup- the country’s domestic tournament. Apart from that, match-fixing, spot-fixing and a number of undesired incidents have marred their cricket to a significant extent. With the World Cup in England and Wales a year away, the Asian giant has to get things sorted out and enter the tournament with a positive frame of mind.