LAHORE - Former Pakistan team coach Waqar Younis has backed the Pakistan Cricket Board’s (PCB) decision to appoint M Hafeez as captain for the Twenty20 format and vice captain for the One-day matches and urged thesen9iors players to forget their captaincy aspirations and support new captain.

Former Pakistan coach and legendary fast bowler Waqar Younis applauded the Board’s decision to choose Hafeez over other candidates for the captaincy. Waqar also feels that to introduce Hafeez to international captaincy initially in the shortest version is a wise move by the PCB.

“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 and right choice and he wishes him well and hope that he will be successful,” a sports website quoted Younis as saying

Speaking about getting support from senior players in the team Younus said: “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 and the country. They should forget their captaincy aspirations and support Hafeez,” he added.

“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 and the country. They should forget their captaincy aspirations and support Hafeez.”

“Hafeez has always provided good support to captains that he has played under and he deserves the support of his team-mates. I think things will work out well for him, especially in the shorter versions” added Waqar.

Waqar also had a strong message to the selectors with regards to a policy that he feels is in place to appease all of the regional administrations in Pakistan. According to Waqar that policy entails picking players who he feels are passed their best and are selected from the various regions to keep the regional administrations on side with the Board and selectors.

Waqar who took 789 international wickets in an illustrious career that spanned nearly fourteen years also urged patience with regards to the philosophy of three teams for the varying formats and suggested to the selectors that if the policy of three different teams does not work straight away, then do not hastily scrap the idea. In addition he feels that the key to success for Pakistan cricket is stability and not to make rushed and not well thought out decisions in future.

“You have to make changes for each format, but this time around the selectors have made a lot of changes.

The problems is that in the history of Pakistan cricket if something goes wrong they rush into making drastic changes and destroy the whole system. I would urge the selectors that if the policy of three separate teams does not work immediately then do not scrap the idea, stick with it and give it some time to work.

“There is so much cricketing talent in Pakistan, that despite all of the ups and downs in recent times and the controversies, the Pakistan cricket team is still playing some excellent cricket and improving,” stated Waqar.