"PCB Chairman Shaharyar Khan told me about the incident and asked me to speak to Waqar to change his mind after he had submitted his resignation when the team returned home from a series," Butt said.

According to Butt, Waqar decided to step down after manager Naveed Akram Cheema (who has now resigned) reported the incident in the dressing room to the board.

"Apparently one of the players misbehaved with Waqar and insulted him calling him a 'sifarashi' during a series. Waqar retaliated physically and the matter went to the Board," he revealed.

Butt said that he himself had advised the youngster to behave and build a cricket career for himself.

"I had told him (Shahzad) he was too much under the influence of Shahid Afridi and pandered to him. Waqar was very upset but I convinced him that it was not the right time to resign and he should continue," Butt who was Chairman from October 2008 to October 2011 said.

Ironically, even during the World Cup in Australia and New Zealand, media had reported about Shahzad, Umar Akmal and other players having problems with Waqar. After the tournament the head coach and captain Misbah-ul-Haq had recommended to the Board to sideline both the youngsters and tell them to play domestic cricket until they improve their cricket discipline and attitude.


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