Pakistan’s newly appointed bowling coach Waqar Younis on Friday said the decision of Mohammad Amir and Wahab Riaz to step aside from Test cricket was ‘unfortunate’.
The 27-year-old Amir announced his retirement from Test cricket after the recent 50-over World Cup while Wahab Riaz recently revealed that he was stepping away from red-ball cricket for an ‘indefinite period’.
Waqar Younis, while speaking to the reporters at Gaddafi Stadium, said the decision of the duo was a ‘personal matter’.
“Of course it’s a personal thing, if they feel they don’t want to play Test cricket.
Waqar, however, stressed on the importance of having a bigger pool of fast bowlers so that they are rotated continuously, which will prevent their breakdown given the quantity of cricket played these days.
“We need to groom youngsters. We’ll try to have a bigger pool of players which has at least 10 fast bowlers.
“You have to prevent injuries as matches are being played in tough weather, there is a lot of cricket nowadays with different T20 leagues played.
“I think the PCB has kept an eye on all this, but it is unfortunate that both [Amir and Wahab] are not playing Test cricket.”
But the former Pakistan captain is hopeful that there is plenty of talent in the country and someone else will step up in the absence of Wahab and Amir in the longer format.
“There is a lot of talent in Pakistan, I’m sure someone else will step up.”
There have been reports in the media which state that Sarfaraz Ahmed’s future as Test captain is under a cloud as Pakistan are currently ranked at No 7 in the longest format.
Asked whether the PCB should stick with Sarfraz as Test captain, Waqar said that Pakistan needs an experienced cricketer like Sarfraz at present.
“Sarfraz is an experienced cricketer, Pakistan team needs him. He should be in the shorter formats. Otherwise, it’s up to the PCB chairman to decide this.”