Karachi: Former coach Waqar Younis has backed Mohammad Hafeez's appointment as Pakistan's new Twenty20 captain and his elevation to the post of vice-captain in Test and ODI teams. Waqar, who remained with the national team until September last year before resigning due to personal and health reasons, said the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) had taken a wise decision by reposing faith in Hafeez.
"Hafeez is an experienced cricketer and I think it's a good move to give him the captaincy first in the shortest format. It would have been unwise to throw him into the deep end and give him the captaincy in the longer formats. He is a fine choice, the right choice and I wish him well and I hope that he will be successful," said Waqar.
Waqar also advised all cricketers with captaincy aspirations to put them aside and give their full support to Hafeez who will began his international stint as captain with two Twenty20 matches against Sri Lanka in early June.
"I hope that Hafeez gets the support of all the players in the team and the squad, particularly the senior players. I sincerely hope that the guys who were thinking about becoming captain or hoping that they would be chosen as captain, stop thinking about the issue of captaincy and instead get behind Hafeez and support him for the sake of Pakistan cricket," said Waqar.
The former skipper also backed the selectors decision to drop Wahab Riaz from all three formats of the game for the Sri Lanka tour. "When I was the coach, he [Wahab] struggled at times. His problems were with his bowling action and also at times due to his attitude," said Waqar.
Waqar, who took 789 international wickets, said that the PCB and selectors need to show patience while introducing the concept of separate squad.