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Last Updated:  Tuesday, 4 March, 2003, 15:41 GMT
Waqar offers no excuses
Saeed Anwar batting in Bulawayo
We played poor cricket throughout the World Cup
Waqar Younis
Pakistan may be a set for a major shake-up following the team's early exit from the World Cup.

The abandonment of their final group game in Zimbabwe put paid to any lingering hopes of qualification for the Super Sixes.

They will face fierce criticism when they return home, not only for failing to progress, but also for losing to arch-rivals India in the first match between the teams since 2000.

There have been calls for captain Waqar Younis to be sacked, and it is unlikely that coach Richard Pybus will be offered a new contract.

Veteran all-rounder Wasim Akram and wicket-keeper Rashid Latif are expected to retire from international cricket.

"We are to blame for this because we did not play to our full potential.

"I will sit with my family and friends and then decide what to do," said Waqar.

Former skipper Intikhab Alam believe dressing room divisions were a contributory factor to the team's demise.

Pakistan supporters vent their anger
Photos of the team were burnt after the defeat by India

"Waqar lost support, even among his teammates, after Pakistan were blanked by Australia in the Test series in Sri Lanka and Sharjah in October.

"He obviously has lost faith in key players because he dropped off-spinner Saqlain Mushtaq in crucial games."

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And Asif Iqbal commented: "We have been hearing for four years that Pakistan was preparing for this World Cup, but it appears we were the least prepared of all the teams."

Only 14 overs of play were possible in Zimbabwe, with the result enabling the home side to progress along with Australia and India from Group A.

"We will sit down and work out where we are lacking. There is a lot of cricket coming up so that we have to study our failings quickly," said Waqar.

"We'll see who wants to play, and who doesn't want to play."


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Pakistan captain Waqar Younis
"We played some poor cricket throughout"



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