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Cricket news - Wahab, Amir ditched us - Waqar on Pakistan's Test drubbing in Australia

Waqar feels Pakistan now has good bench strength to deal with a similar scenario if needed.

Waqar feels Pakistan now has good bench strength to deal with a similar scenario if needed.

Pakistan bowling coach Waqar Younis has said that the absence of Steve Smith and David Warner in Australia's Test side helped India win their first ever series Down Under in 2018-19. Speaking to the media via a video conference, Waqar pointed out the advantage India had on that tour, something which his side didn't have last year as the duo returned for Australia after serving their ban. Pakistan haven't won a Test in Australia in more than 20 years, something that Waqar attributed to the Asian side's inability to deliver with both bat and ball at the same time.

"I am not trying to take away any credit from India, they played well and they are a very good side," Waqar remarked. "But yes at same time when they won in Australia, there is no doubt that Australian cricket was going through a turmoil and there were problems in their dressing room. And they were without Steve Smith and David Warner.

"I really don't know why we have not won Tests their all these years. At times, we went there with top bowling attacks yet lost. To me it was a case of when the bowling worked the batting didn't put up enough runs or when the batters put up enough runs the bowlers didn't come through."

Waqar also clarified that the team management doesn't hold any grudges against pacers Mohammad Amir and Wahab Riaz for giving up red-ball cricket before the Australian tour last year. In their absence, Pakistan went in with an inexperienced and raw pace attack, and were eventually hammered in the Tests. While Amir was only 27 years old while giving up on Tests in order to focus on white-ball cricket, Wahab was 34 and had taken an indefinite break from red-ball cricket forcing selectors to pick Mohammad Abbas, Imran Khan, Naseem Shah, Muhammad Musa and Shaheen Afridi as their frontline pacers.

While admitting that Amir and Wahab quit at the wrong time before a massive overseas tour, Waqar hopes that the duo can still contribute in limited-overs cricket. "Just before the Australia series, they ditched us and we had the only choice to pick youngsters," he pointed out. "It's not like we have lost a lot, but yes they left us at the wrong time. But anyway, we don't have any grudge against them. I still feel they have a lot to contribute in white-ball cricket and they should carry on playing for Pakistan.

"But we have got a lot of fast bowlers now. From PSL, we have seen so much potential. There is big talent out there and each one is skilful and they all have a role going forward somewhere in the near future. It's not like they will start doing wonders at once. These young boys need to be blended with the experienced guys. You cannot buy experience overnight - it comes with age - and I am sure these young boys have the knack and each one has the aptitude to serve Pakistan for at least eight to ten years."

While conceding that the presence of Amir and Wahab couldn't have changed the complete result of the series in Australia, Waqar pointed out that Pakistan now have a good bench strength in order to deal with a similar scenario in the future if needed. "It's not like I am saying we could have won in Australia but we could have done better than what we have done," he said. "But now we have a bench and we are building it up and expanding it so that we cannot face any problem going forward. I know and you know that there are so many leagues around the world and these boys want to play it. It is just four overs and take money and they remain in their comfort as well, which sometimes damages the country."

With cricket coming to a standstill because of the COVID-19 pandemic, Waqar wants the players to take their minds off the game and come back fresh. "This is the time we can still utilise for good reasons," he observed. "These days cricket doesn't have gaps in between so this is the time a player can use to spend time with family and recharge his body. There are times when you want to go far away from playing cricket and need a break so just take it that way and relax. I love watching the boys challenging each other on social media on fitness and having a good time."

The 48-year-old also stated that he was completely against the idea of cricket resuming anytime soon with matches being held behind closed doors. "I don't agree with this suggestion that cricket activities should resume soon even before empty stadiums," he said. "I think maybe in five or six months' time. When things are under control around the world and we get back some normalcy in life, we can think about matches behind closed doors. At some stage we need to think about these choices but not this month or next month...the situation is not right for any cricket activities."

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