Waqar prepared to be Pakistan scapegoat, if it leads to change


Former Pakistan coach Waqar Younis does not mind being made a scapegoat for the national team's failures, so long as it leads to change.

After dismal Asia Cup and World Twenty20 campaigns, Waqar stepped down from his position and criticised the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) for leaving him out of the selection process amid his report on the competitions being leaked.

The former coach was unhappy during his tenure but hopes the PCB, which has begun the process of installing a new selection committee, makes the changes required for long-term benefits.

"I was being ignored for a major chunk of my time and my suggestions were discouraged, that's why I spoke out," Waqar told ESPNcricinfo.

"I wanted to make the board understand the problems. I'm glad they finally took my recommendation and made a move to implement them.

"It doesn't matter if they realised it only after making me a scapegoat. At least they accepted that I'm right. It's a win-win situation for me because I fought for Pakistan cricket.

"I want all the cricketers to fight for the right thing in Pakistan cricket, otherwise we will be left far behind. My war wasn't meant for me to survive in this system but to make Pakistan cricket move from its standstill position."