Waqar Younis, Wasim Akram
Waqar Younis and Wasim Akram. Image-mykhel.com

Former Pakistan National Cricket Team captain Salim Malik has made a big revelation that him being appointed as captain of the Pakistan National Cricket Team did not go well with the legendary pace bowling duo of Wasim Akram and Waqar Younis.

Salim Malik was appointed as captain of Pakistan in 1993 and he went on to captain the side in 34 ODIs and 12 Tests out of which he was able to win 21 One Day International games and 7 Test matches respectively, before eventually being removed.

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Former Pakistan test captain Salim Malik speaks to reporters in Lahore, Pakistan, Monday, June 8, 2020. Malik said allegations that question his integrity are untrue and urged the Pakistan Cricket Board to treat him fairly. (AP Photo/K.M. Chaudhry)
(AP Photo/K.M. Chaudhry)

Meanwhile, Salim Malik has said that Wasim and Waqar did not speak to him during the games and when he used to ask them to bowl they used to snatch the ball away from him.

“Wasim and Waqar were my support but as a professional, they would concentrate on their performances. Do you know that they both (Wasim and Waqar) wouldn’t speak to me because I was made the captain? I even talked to them about it a couple of times. When I would ask them to bowl, they would snatch the ball from me. I had become the captain whereas Wasim and Waqar wanted it,” Malik told Geo Super News.

They weren’t talking to me and still, we won the series – Salim Malik

Wasim Akram
Wasim Akram. (Photo: Getty Images)

Malik added that despite the legendary pace bowling duo not speaking to him they managed to win the games.

They weren’t talking to me and still we won the series. I would tell him ‘Waz, you are the world’s No. 1 bowler. If you get wickets or not, it won’t affect me because it’s your own reputation. Waqar would surely get 5 wickets but. That’s how I made him operate. And I would use the same ploy of Waqar. This is what is called management. I used my brain to make sure they kept performing,” he said.

Waqar Younis
Waqar Younis (Image Credit: Twitter)

Salim was removed from captaincy after just one year and he feels that outside politics played a major role in his removal.

“In the series against South Africa, we had won 5 matches out of six. Because I was winning matches and series for Pakistan, some people had a problem with it. How to counter? What should we do so that he is removed? I didn’t understand back then what was happening because I was not part of any politics,” Malik pointed out.

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