Pakistan's head coach Waqar Younis lost his cool when asked about the logic behind keeping Sarfaraz Ahmed who displayed man-of-the-match winning performance in his WC debut against South Africa on Saturday.
When asked if he would apologies for not including Sarfaraz in the first fourmatches, Waqar said, “there was no reason for him to apologise to anyone for his decision.”
Younis rubbished those claims and stormed out of the press conference after Pakistan's thrilling victory, saying he did not have "time for stupid questions".
Sarfraz scored 49 as an opener and also equaled the record for most catches behind the wicket in ODI with his six dismissals. Strangely he was not [played in Pakistan's first four World Cup matches with Umar Akmal being preferred as the keeper.
Pakistan had only managed wins against the low-ranked teams of Zimbabwe and UAE, while facing crushing defeats in its opening matches against India and West Indies.
After the disastrous start and failure of the openers former players called to induct Sarfraz as an opener to tweak Pakistan's batting woes but the team management went with Nasir Jamshed who failed miserably in his three outings, causing an uproar at home with fans accusing Younis of favouritism.
Sarfraz's performance in Pakistan's 29-run win added more fuel to the fire.
"Look, I never said I did not believe in Sarfraz. I just didn't think he could deliver as an opener. But he performed really well today," the head coach said.
When asked by a journalist present at the press conference whether Sarfraz was kept out because of a spat with the coach, Younis said it was the media which was portraying this as some sort of "political victimisation".
"I think it's time to end this press conference. We picked the best possible eleven for the previous matches. I don't have time for stupid questions," Younis said before walking away.