Following the two consecutive losses against Australia and England in the ICC World T20 Championship, defending champions Pakistan are looking ‘terribly out of order’, former captain Wasim Akram has said.
In his column on ESPN, Akram pointed out that Pakistan has not played any competitive cricket in the recent past, which was evident from their performances in the two games against Australia and England.
Pakistan was comprehensively beaten by Australia by 34 runs in the last of their group matches, while suffering another humiliating six-wicket defeat at the hands of England in the first match of the Super Eight Stage of the tournament on Thursday.
Akram observed that the Pakistan team management has failed to rope in the best set of players in the tournament so far.
“They have not yet been able to decide on their best-choice XI. Players have not played competitive cricket in last two months or so. No wonder why they have been on pins and needles in the tournament so far,” he said.
Akram, one of the finest fast bowlers of his time, underlined that Pakistan’s batsmen would have to improve their application if the team has to move further in the tournament.
“Batting has not really come off for the Pakistanis. If Kamran Akmal does not fire at the top, the team looks in disarray. Misbah-ul-Haq is not looking the player he was at the inaugural edition three years ago in South Africa. The defending champions’ batting needs immediate address,” he said. (ANI)