Pakistan bowling coach Waqar Younis believes that the ongoing National T20 Cup is not providing as many opportunities and exposure to young players as it should have. “There must be two Under-19 players in the Playing XI of each team in the tournament,” he said while talking to a YouTube channel. Younis, who played 87 Tests and 262 ODIs for Pakistan from 1989 to 2003, said it should have been made mandatory in such tournaments to include two U19 players in the Playing XI.
“I feel that youngsters are not being given enough opportunities in the tournament, which is the best platform for grooming them,” he added. On a different topic, Younis was asked if veteran pacers Wahab Riaz and Mohammad Amir can be convinced to return to Test cricket with a managed workload. At this, Younis said that the pair had already been made the offer but that they declined. The National T20 Cup is currently being played at Iqbal Stadium, Faisalabad. The tournament features Pakistan’s six first-class teams namely Sindh, Balochistan, Northern, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, and Southern and Central Punjab.