Former Pakistan captain, Salim Malik who at one point was banned owing to match fixing allegations came down hard on former team mates Wasim Akram and Waqar Younis.
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Salim Malik Criticizes Wasim Akram And Waqar Younis
Salim Malik lead Pakistan for almost a year during the years 1994 and 1995. He was appointed Pakistan’s skipper following a revolt against Wasim Akram in 1993. The revolt included a number of prominent Pakistani cricketers of the time who under Waqar Younis openly questioned Wasim’s way of managing the dressing room.
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So, while explaining his relationship with Akram and Younis, following his appointment the 59 year old Malik said, “Wasim and Waqar were my support but as a professional, they would concentrate on their performances. Do you know that they both (Wasim and Waqar) wouldn’t speak to me because I was made the captain? I even talked to them about it a couple of times. When I would ask them to bowl, they would snatch the ball from me. I had become the captain whereas Wasim and Waqar wanted it.
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“They weren’t talking to me and still, we won the series (in New Zealand in 1994). I would tell him ‘Waz, you are the world’s No. 1 bowler. If you get wickets or not, it won’t affect me because it’s your own reputation. Waqar would surely get 5 wickets. That’s how I made him operate. And I would use the same ploy on Waqar. This is what is called management. I used my brain to make sure they kept performing.