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Waqar flays Shoaib

London: Former Pakistan captain Waqar Younis slammed speedster Shoaib Akhtar for talking big and never delivering on the big stage.

Waqar, currently playing for Warwickshire, also took strong exception to Shoaib’s comment describing him and fellow fast bowler Wasim Akram as “declining forces”.

Waqar, who was sacked as captain and dumped following Pakistan’s humiliating show in the World Cup, said Shoaib should look at his own disappointing performances instead of talking about others.

“It is ridiculous Shoaib coming out in the papers saying he is going to do this or do that. He has been doing it for a few years now and he never lives up to it and it looks pretty ugly,” Waqar was quoted as saying by The Independent Tuesday.

“Shoaib spoke about me and Wasim last week saying we lost the World Cup because both of us were on the decline. It was all rubbish, basically,” Waqar said.

“It is no use talking about others on the decline — he should look at his own performance. He performs to his ability once a year — and then he has the nerve to compare himself with Glenn McGrath and players like that.

“He was saying last week that if had he been born Australian, he’d have taken more wickets. It might have been better for Pakistan if he had been born in Australia,” he said.

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