Waqar dismisses grudge claims


Pakistan coach Waqar Younis has hit back at claims that he is arrogant and has a grudge against senior players because he was once a superstar fast bowler.

Waqar, who took more than 700 International wickets and is regarded as one of the greatest bowlers ever, was accused by allrounder Abdul Razzaq as having a grudge against most of the senior players during his two spells as coach the national side.

Pakistan are currently in Bangladesh with a younger looking squad for three ODI's, one T20I and two Test matches.

The 43 year-old Waqar said: "Look, the moment I hung up my cricket kit I came down to earth. And living in Australia the comedown was faster. I know I am not Waqar the player anymore and I am not arrogant at all with the players in fact I am very friendly with them.

"But yes I don't make compromises on training and cricket because if you start making compromises in these areas than Pakistan cricket will never move forward.

"It is wrong to say I look down on anyone or can't forget I was a superstar once. He also made it clear he had no grudge against any senior player.

"Yes I believe that as a coach you shouldn't have players in the side who have played with you but I have never willingly tried to end anyone's career. I would be mad to drop a player who is performing for the team. Because who doesn't like success."