New Delhi. Former Pakistan bowling coach Waqar Younis believes that playing in the UAE over the past decade has had a huge impact on his country’s bowlers. International cricket returned to Pakistan only in the last few years. Before this, Pakistan continued to play its home matches and series only in hosting the United Arab Emirates. Waqar said that Pakistan had to depend on spinners to win matches due to continuous play in the UAE.
Pakistan has given many excellent fast bowlers. Waqar, however, is optimistic that with the return of cricket in the country, more fast bowlers will make a splash in the world. “In the last 10-12 years, fast bowling has definitely deteriorated because we were forced to play our home series in the UAE where the pitches provided little help to the fast bowlers,” he told Krikwick. Even when I was the head coach, we mostly depended on our spinners to win matches there.
Recent tours of England and New Zealand have been controversially canceled which Pakistan would have hosted. This certainly gave hope to the fast bowlers of the country but the series was canceled at the last moment. Waqar is happy to see so many youngsters who can bowl fast. He said, ‘There is definitely a return to fast bowling in the country. Now we have 7-8 young fast bowlers who can bowl at more than 140 pace and the pitches in Pakistan are also very suitable for them.
Waqar also said that criticism of young players is not necessary at times. He urged the fans to be patient with the players selected in the team. He said, ‘I know we are very emotional when it comes to cricket but we should make our decisions on statistics rather than telling anyone after a poor performance.’