Waqar: We are not the best fielding side


After their 21-run loss to Australia knocked them out of the World T20 on Friday, Pakistan coach Waqar Younis said the difference between the two sides was the fielding.

Waqar, who is not likely to continue as national coach now that Pakistan have been eliminated from the global tournament, has urged the selectors to look at a player's fielding ability when considering someone for the national side.

The Aussies took advantage of some slack Pakistan fielding to post 193 for four in their 20 overs before restricting the Asian side to 172 for eight by holding onto their catches and generally being good in the outfield.

Waqar said after the game: "I think the difference between the teams is very obvious and clear.  We are not the best fielding side in the tournament. We need to think hard.

"The selectors need to look at that too. When you pick someone you have to look at the fielding aspect of his game. We have to look at youngsters. These big events bring about change so let's see."

Asked if Pakistan were in decline now that they have been knocked out before the semifinals, Waqar did not want to make excuses but offered some insight.

The Pakistan mentor added: "Now that we have just been knocked out, if I say something it might sound as an excuse. But if you look deeply there has been no cricket in Pakistan for the last six-seven years; its effects are showing.

"We had match-winners too. Saeed Ajmal and Mohammad Hafeez, who could bowl. Yes there is indeed a bit of decline, and we need to arrest it. We will have to look at our domestic cricket and our infrastructure."