Legendary Pakistani fast-bowler Waqar Younis has lambasted West Indian all-rounder Kieron Pollard's casual and lackadaisical approach to the game, calling for him to be dropped from the country's squad for the third One Day International (ODI) against Pakistan which takes place on Wednesday.
Waqar was not impressed by Pollard's approach in the second ODI, which his team lost, claiming that the all-rounder "did not even try" as his side suffered their second consecutive defeat at the hands of Pakistan at the Sharjah Cricket Stadium on Sunday.
"His approach and the way he played in this game and in any of the T20 games, you're destroying the morale of the team. The way he batted, he went in with 11 an over or 12 an over required and he is known for this sort of situation. And he just went in and he hit one boundary and batted the entire time not going anywhere", Waqar said, as quoted by India Today.
"He wasn't there, he was not in the middle so I feel he needs a break. Whoever you want to bring in, Pollard needs a break. That's how I feel."
The 29-year-old has had a disappointing series so far, struggling with both bat and ball. In fact, the right-hander has scored just 31 runs in two games, with an average of 15.50 and a strike rate of 86.11. His bowling figures have not been too good either, picking up no wickets in nine overs, giving away 79 runs with an economy of 8.66.
West Indies cricket legend Sir Vivian Richards also agreed that Pollard needs to be dropped with left-hander Jonathan Carter coming in his place.
"I think that if Shannon is fit for the next match why not play the two individuals (Gabriel and Joseph). It's a good suggestion in terms of Pollard, he didn't really show up tonight (Sunday).