Pakistan cricket team head coach Waqar Younis met the Chairman of the Pakistan Cricket Board Ijaz Butt on Friday to discuss all the developments that took place in the team during the tour of the West Indies.
The coach had specially flown down to Pakistan with the national team from Ireland on the instructions of the Board rather than flying straight to his home in Sydney, Australia.
The PCB had made it clear to Waqar that Butt wanted to meet him to discuss the spat that took place between him and former limited overs national team skipper Shahid Afridi during the tour of the Caribbean.
Pakistan’s sacked captain Shahid Afridi had accused Waqar of interfering in his domain publicly, which eventually led to the former’s removal as captain last month before the two—match ODI series against Ireland.
After being axed as captain, Afridi announced his retirement from international cricket earlier this week and started a strong campaign against the PCB and the team management.
“The meeting between Waqar and Butt was a healthy one and the coach made it clear that he had never tried to interfere in the domain of the captain but was there to support him,” one source said.
“Waqar told the Chairman that in his opinion Afridi had over—reacted in the whole issue as the two had worked together in the past and done well,” the source added.
The source also said that Waqar, however, had made it clear to the PCB chief that as a head coach he had certain responsibilities to fulfil and a stature to look after, and he was not happy with the way Afridi had behaved in the last two One-day Internationals in the West Indies and then in the media.
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