Pakistan’s bowling coach Waqar Younis raised concerns over Sharjeel Khan’s fitness and asked him to work harder to meet standard fitness.
While talking to journalists via video conference, Younis revealed his observation about Khan who was talk of the town during the whole Pakistan Super League (PSL) season 5.
“I don’t think he is fit. There is nothing hidden, I believe everyone has observed his fitness. I expected a lot more from him, maybe he would have worked hard on losing weight. I talked to him some time ago and I asked him to work on his fitness. I thought he would come out after losing weight but he didn’t,” Younis shared.
Earlier, the national team’s head coach Misbah-ul-Haq also expressed dissatisfaction over Khan’s fitness level.
“It is not about me and Misbah making such statements about any player. It is crystal clear and everyone saw how fit he was. Still, there is a long way to go in T20 World Cup and I hope he will work harder on himself,” Younis added.
The bowling coach also discussed improved fitness of former captain Sarfaraz Ahmed but he is not impressed with his performance in PSL 5. “He has improved himself a lot in fitness,” the former cricketer said. “But his performance wasn’t up to the mark which is something he needs to focus on. See, every player who performs is in our consideration. So, it will be wrong to say that we discriminate among players,” he added.
Talking about the current worldwide situation due to coronavirus, Younis offered his support to Pakistan in any capacity. “The whole world is suffering through difficult times and the situation in Pakistan is also not good. I am ready to serve my people anytime anywhere and I think this is the time where we all should be united and helping each other,” the legendary bowler said.
Upon being asked, Younis also presented himself for Prime Minister Imran Khan’s Corona Relief Tiger Force. “I would love to serve my country. If Imran Bhai will ask me to become a part of his force, I will definitely go ahead,” he concluded.