Auckland: Barely an hour after their brilliant win over formidable South Africa in the cricket World Cup on Saturday, Pakistan were embroiled in a controversy with coach Waqar Younis storming out of the mandatory press conference on being asked about an alleged tiff with a player.
Pak coach Waqar Younis
Waqar abruptly ended the presser when asked why he did not play wicketkeeper Sarfraz Ahmed, whose run-a-ball 49 as opening batsman and six dismissals were instrumental in Pakistan’s 29-run (D/L) win over the Proteas, in earlier matches, saying he did not have time for “stupid questions”. Waqar lost his cool when a journalist asked if there was politics involved in not playing Sarfraz in earlier games and that the coach should take the blame for it.
Best team playing
“There are 15 boys and it’s the best XI who have been playing. The best XI played today also. There is no politics involved. You are the one giving it a political twist,” said Waqar.
“Why should I take the blame? After all, Nasir Jamshed is also part of the team,” he said.