It will be difficult to find a replacement for Akhtar: Waqar

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    Pakistan coach Waqar Younis has paid rich tribute
    to the retired fast bowler Shoaib Akhtar and said it
    would be difficult to find an ideal replacement for
    the enigmatic pacer, who retired after the World
    Cup. "Shoaib was a big name in Pakistan cricket
    and there is no doubt that he left an impact on the team. It is never easy to replace such players but I
    guess every player has to sometime call it a day,"
    Waqar said during an interaction with the media in
    the city. Akhtar had announced his retirement after the
    World Cup match against New Zealand in which he
    was bludgeoned for 28 runs in one over by the
    Kiwi batsmen. The tour selection committee did not play Akhtar
    after that match although they were calls for him to
    be included in the team for the semi-final against
    India. Waqar said that the tour selection committee took
    the best possible decision, keeping in mind the
    requirements of the team. "No one doubts that Shoaib has given some great
    service to Pakistan cricket and it will be hard to find
    a replacement for him but it is also a fact that every
    cricketer has to call it a day sometime in his career,"
    Waqar added. The Chairman of the Pakistan cricket board Ijaz Butt
    said this week that it was a shame that there was
    no culture in Pakistan for senior players to retire at
    the right time. "In Pakistan, we have an issue where
    senior players can't decide themselves when it is
    time for them to call it a day and unfortunately the board than has to take this decision," Butt had said. Shoaib since returning from the World Cup has
    maintained a low profile despite reports now
    emerging that majority of the players in the team
    wanted the management to select him for the semi-
    final against India that Pakistan lost by 29 runs. Waqar also spoke about the forthcoming tour to
    the West Indies and admitted that since both teams
    had announced new players in their squads it
    should be a relatively easier series. "The World Cup is a benchmark for teams and
    normally after a World Cup the idea is to rebuild the
    team and introduce new players while giving rest
    to seniors or dropping some of them. "It will be a challenge for me to oversee the
    introduction of these new players into international
    cricket and to guide them on how to adjust and
    perform to this top level of the sport," the former
    Test captain said. The Pakistan coach said that it was a good
    opportunity for the new players to impress in the
    coming series and cement their places in the
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