Waqar Younis will not do his thinking in public. The Pakistan coach was forced to apologise for the public comments he made about the not naming of the Pakistan captain for the ICC Cricket World Cup 2011. Can Shahid Afridi do something as well, including getting Waqar’s vote, to ensure he will hold the post in twenty-three days’ time?
The Pakistan coach was taken aback by the fact that the Pakistan’s ICC Cricket World Cup 2011 squad did not see a simultaneous announcement of the captain. Shahid Afridi is the current Pakistan Twenty20 and ODI captain and his name was expected to feature on that final list of fifteen. But while his name was mentioned, the small detail of the captain was left out.
Waqar was voicing those concerns on the lines of the Pakistan’s tour of New Zealand where Shahid Afridi is apparently on trial as the Pakistan captain for the Pakistan New Zealand ODI series. His closest competitor happens to be the Pakistan Test captain, Misbah ul Haq, who has found favour with the Pakistan Cricket Board for the rise in results.
However, while Waqar is apparently not favouring the position of the PCB is waiting so late to name the captain, he is certainly now going to watch his words in the media for fear of falling out of favour with the board.
Shahid Afridi may need to appease the board in some manner as well if he is to ensure he is the captain to lead the team into the ICC Cricket World Cup 2011. But as Afridi recently stated that he did not covet the captaincy and therefore, chose not to run after it. However, the pride and prestige would be too hard to miss. For Afridi, it may mean having to win the series in New Zealand altogether, not easy as Pakistan lost the first ODI and the second ODI has been washed out due to rain.