Muhammad Asif Khan
KARACHI: Former Test Cricketer Aqib Javed has refuted the objection raised from various quarters over Waqar Younis’s eligibility in view of the Justice Qayyum inquiry report, adding that Waqar was only fined hence should not be written off for ever. “Waqar, along with a few others, was only fined. He is tainted, but not to that extent”, said Aqib Javed, while talking to this correspondent for News One TV.
“You can’t treat a murderer and a bag snatcher in the same fashion”, added Aqib Javed
The former fast bowler, who is associated with the UAE cricket team, was one of the key figures, during the Justice Qayyum’s inquiry, after which former skipper Salim Malik and Atta-ur-Rehman were banned for life, while few others, including Waqar Younis, were fined.
On a question, Aqib Javed, expressed dissatisfaction over the mechanism adopted, by the PCB, to hire coaches for the Pakistan team. He was of the view that since coaching was a specialised job, hence relevant qualification must be considered before anybody’s appointment. “In Pakistan, ex players consider themselves fit for the job, in view of their playing experience, but coaching is a different ball game altogether.” opined Aqib Javed.
“The PCB should have sought presentations and strategies from all the applicants before reaching the conclusion, after thorough evaluation”, concluded Aqib Javed
The writer is a Pakistani sports journalist, heads the sports department at News One TV & tweets @mak_asif.