Former Pakistan captain and their current bowling coach Waqar Younis has launched a scathing attack towards Mohammad Amir and Wahab Riaz for their shocking decision to retire from Tests last year just days before the tough tour of Australia.
Pakistan missed the experience of the fast-bowlers as they fared poorly in the two-match Test series. They lost the first Test by an innings and five runs before conceding the second one by an innings and 48 runs. In both the games, Australia’s batsmen made merry. In the series-opener, the hosts piled up 580 before scoring 589 for 3 (declared) in the second game.
Pakistan’s largely inexperienced bowling attack just could not compete with the fancied hosts. In the first Test, the visitors’ bowling attack featured two teenagers in Shaheen Shah Afridi and Naseem Shah. In the second Test, teenager Muhammad Musa got a chance and Mohammad Abbas was recalled but it did not make any difference.
And Waqar Younis is still angry at Amir and Wahab for the way they bowed out of Test cricket. The legendary pacer did not hold back as he said that Amir and Wahab ‘gave us a dhoka (betrayed us)’. He also said that the two retired from Tests in order to play in T20 leagues for money.
“We took 2-3 youngsters to Australia, not just 1. The main reason for that was Amir & Wahab gave us a dhoka at the last minute & decided they wouldn’t play Tests 15-20 days before the start of the tour,” Waqar Younis was quoted as saying by Pakistan journalist Saj Sadiq in his tweet.
“There are so many leagues around the world, it’s easy money, bowl 4 overs & rest in the evening. Players go into their comfort zone & cause damage to the country. They don’t think about the broader picture. If you’re sitting on Twitter & retiring, that really hurts,” he added.