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Waqar Younis bats for regular meetings with PCB Cricket Committee

Pakistan bowling coach Waqar Younis has floated the idea of regular meetings with the PCB Cricket Committee instead of occasional conferences in the event of momentum-shifting defeats.

The four-member panel currently headed by former wicketkeeper Saleem Yousuf recently met in the aftermath of Pakistan's disastrous tour of New Zealand and assessed the team's performance in the presence of coaches Misbah-ul-Haq and Waqar.

The committee, whose role is limited to forwarding recommendations to PCB chairman Ehsan Mani, stayed the existing coaching staff and resolved to meet again following the South Africa series.

"It is important to have clear communication between the PCB and the management," Waqar said in a virtual press conference on Wednesday.

"I believe the PCB Cricket Committee should hold regular meetings and not just after defeats so we can constantly keep improving."

Waqar's position as the bowling coach and his previous jobs in the PCB set-up has often seen him become a target of stern examination with some pundits calling for his removal.

Shedding light on the criticism faced, Waqar mentioned he was open to constructive feedback but did not have the time to respond to misplaced angry comments.

"Every sport is performance-based. When you do well, you receive appreciation and when things don't go your way, you come under scrutiny," he continued. "This is the fourth time I have been associated with Pakistan cricket in a coaching capacity. It is important to have critics call you out but unnecessary criticism is illogical. I have a lot of experience in this field and I welcome any constructive criticism."

Pakistan's workload management of its pace battery is a topic of great concern as rookie bowlers are assumed to be thrown into the lion's den too quickly resulting in long layoff periods later.

Cognisant of this factor, Waqar stressed that Pakistan were wary of Shaheen Afridi and other pacers' burden.

"Our panel comprising of trainers and management are closely monitoring Shaheen Afridi's fitness and we do consider his workload given the fact that a lot of cricket is scheduled in the future," he said.

"Most of the top fast bowlers have battled various injuries including Pat Cummins and Jasprit Bumrah. Players need time to rehab and come back by performing," he added when queried about the short shelf life of Pakistan speedsters in recent times.

"The example of Hasan Ali is before you. Over the years, Pakistan has performed well in the fast bowling department. Now that cricket has returned to Pakistan, the performance of pacers will improve."

Delving deeper into Hasan's spectacular return to Test cricket, Waqar drew parallels from the youngster's injury toil with his past experience.

Waqar remembered how his career initially came to a halt by not being able to feature in the 1992 World Cup and praised Hasan for showing great character in times of distress.

"To come after injury and perform like this in tough situations is remarkable from Hasan. I have seen him struggle with injury for over a year but he did not give up. This is a lesson for all budding fast bowlers that your injuries are a part and parcel of the game.

"It is very hurting to have an injury setback so early in your career after acquiring great success. I too have experienced this slump as I missed the 1992 World Cup due to injury. It's heartening to see Hasan fight the troubles and do a wonderful job for his country."