ISLAMABAD: Like skipper Shahid Afridi, head coach Waqar Younis is also not ruling out changes in the Pakistan squad after the Asia Cup T20, just before the start of World Twenty20.
Pakistan have already named a 15-member squad, picking several uncapped players for the two back-to-back events in Bangladesh and India, respectively.
Talking to a private news channel, Waqar brushed aside notions that ego problems had led to the sacking of opening batsman Ahmed Shehzad.
Replying to a question about Shehzad, the head coach said: “Shehzad had struggled for runs and consistency for a while and it is not a question of likes or dislikes or egos. He has not been consistent and he now has to go back to domestic cricket and get back into form. “He is a talented player and can definitely make a comeback to the Pakistan team,” Waqar said.
When reminded that the Pakistan selectors could make changes in the World T20 squad until March 8, Waqar said there could be changes.
“Changes could be there but right now we have to see how the team performs in the Asia Cup. The selectors have done their job and we will have to see how the new players perform.”
The head coach said the PSL would help bridge the gap between international and Pakistan’s domestic cricket as it was a good platform for “our young players to get exposure and get ready for international cricket”.
The former Pakistan captain was quite candid about Pakistan’s chances in the two forthcoming events, pointing out that the team would have to work very hard to do well.
Replying to a question, the Pakistan coach said three to four months of his contract with the PCB were left and “right now I haven’t given a thought to the future”, stressing that he was focussing on preparations for the Asia Cup and World T20.
“Coaching any team is always a tough job. It doesn’t matter whether you do well or disappoint,” Waqar said, adding “I knew about this when I accepted this challenge. I enjoy taking up tough challenges.”