LAHORE

Head coach Waqar Younis has apologized from the nation on the dismal show of the national team saying he is ready to resign after the team’s early exit in World Twenty20 in India.

Talking to the reporters on Tuesday ahead of attending the meeting of the fact-finding committee set up by the PCB to look into the poor show of Pakistan team in both Asia and World Cup, Waqar said: “I am very sorry on the poor performance of the team and I apologized from my mother, mothers of the entire nation and everyone.”

Waqar admitted that the team could not live up to the expectations and a lot of criticism was being made on the team, its captain, the team management as well as the selection committee and there was a common thought to sack them. “If we do so, would it help to correct the system,” he questioned.

The head coach said the external cosmetic surgery would not serve any purpose and called for coming up with a solution of the current crisis to safeguard the interest of Pakistan cricket. “If my removal is also the solution of the problem, it should be done today but again I would say it is not the solution, we have to think deep to correct the things and the system,” he added.

Waqar said that the team performed good in Test matches but flopped in One-day and T20 games. “I am not going to blame anyone for that as cricket is the game of heroes not of stars. Heroes are committed to the game and love to serve the game with dignity and pride. “We have to differentiate between the heroes and the stars and have to pinpoint the mistakes. I am not here for politics, it is the time to talk straight.”

He said the team performed badly and the element of grouping didn’t exist in it. “It is the duty of the PCB to determine and conclude who are responsible for the setback and I am very much hurt on the failure of team and the country should not be defamed in any manner due to recent setbacks of the team in the Asia Cup and T20 Word Cup,” he lamented.

He was of the view that the fact-finding committee of the PCB would unearth the truth which would determine those who let the team down. “I will be putting up my recommendations with my honesty and we have to find a solution by looking into the matter. We have to clean cricket from politics.”

He said it was the right time not to conceal the facts and the truth to resolve the present crisis which Pakistan cricket had been facing today. “The fact-finding committee will take into consideration all the circumstances, facts and allied matters before reaching a conclusion regarding Pakistan teams failure in the mega event,” he hoped. The head coach called upon strengthening the domestic cricket to consolidate the base of the game in the country. “We do not have any international cricket at home for past many years and playing at neutral venues. It is one of the reasons, which has brought a negative impact on our cricket. Playing at home will help in grooming new players besides elevating the standards of our own cricket,” Waqar concluded.