He also brushed aside the notion that he regrets working as a coach with the national side
Former Pakistan pacer Waqar Younis has responded to comments made ex-cricketers Shoaib Akhtar and Aaqib Javed, following his resignation as bowling coach of the Men in Green.
While speaking to Cricket Pakistan in an exclusive interview, Younis said that the duo are immature and will become wise with time.
“I think we should respect each other. This has not happened for the first time, it’s so unfortunate that people use such words when someone is down. Both [Shoaib Akhtar and Aaqib Javed] have played with me and Shoaib has played under me as well. I hope they learn because with growing age people become wise, maybe they are immature right now and can’t understand the impact of their words,” said Younis.
“I don’ listen to what they say and even if someone tells me I don’t pay much attention. They were good cricketers and played some good cricket. It’s unfortunate but I hope they will speak with a better understanding in the future,” he added.
He also brushed aside the notion that he regrets working as a coach with the national side.
“I don’t regret coaching because I work honestly. I listen to the good critics and try to learn from what they are saying. But the uncivilised way in which some of our cricketers speak is painful sometimes,” he said.
Younis also backed Ramiz Raja’s vision as the chairman of the PCB.
“I spoke to him [Ramiz Raja] and I think a cricketer’s appointment has breathed a new life into Pakistan cricket. He is very enthusiastic and wants to improve things and you will see that his decisions will help Pakistan cricket in the future,” he said.
The former right-armer also clarified that he will be willing to work again with the PCB if a suitable opportunity arises.
“Why would I not be interested? It’s my right to apply for the job, if it’s suitable for me, whenever a vacancy arises. If, after the interview process, they [PCB] think I’m good enough, I’m ready to work with them. I’m not someone who will run away,” he concluded.