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Rusty Pak ‘terribly out of order’ in ICC T20 WC : Akram

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)

Pakistan must bring ‘trump card’ Asif back for T20 survival: Akram

Former Pakistan captain Wasim Akram has raised questions over the team management’s decision of not playing fast bowler Mohammed Asif in the game against Australia in the ICC World T20 Championship.

Akram said that Pakistan’s team composition in the match, that the defending champions lost by 34 runs, was not right and he was amazed to find Asif missing from the final eleven.

“Pakistan’s combination was not right. I do not know why Mohammed Asif is not playing. Mohammed Sami is a talented bowler and he did well against Bangladesh, but against the Kangaroos his length was not up to the mark and that’s why he conceded so many runs. Asif has proved time and again his class and should be brought back without further ado,” The Daily Times quoted Akram, as saying.

He said Pakistani bowlers gave away too many runs in the match, which gave the Kangaroos an advantage.

Akram, one of best fast bowler of his time, said he was also baffled by skipper Shahid Afridi’s move to make part time bowlers like Mohammed Hafeez to bowl a full quota of four overs, which proved costly.

“The defending champions did not look prepared for the match, which is quite understandable as they have not played much cricket in the last couple of months or so. But Pakistan soon have to adapt to the challenges in the Caribbean,” he said.

Akram also lauded India for its comfortable win against South Africa.

He also showered praise on left-hand batsman Suresh Raina, whose blitzkrieg knock of 101 of 60 balls helped India register a comprehensive win 14-run win against the Proteas.

“For me, he (Raina) is the best young batsman in the world. He did well in the Indian Premier League (IPL), and is keeping up the good work in the Caribbean,” Akram said. (ANI)

Miandad-Akram showdown ignites fresh Pak cricket row

The showdown between former Pakistani captains Javed Miandad and Wasim Akram has ignited a row in the media, as neither of the legends are ready to go back on their comments.

Earlier, Akram specifically questioned Miandad’s loyalty to the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB).

“I have all my regards for Javed bhai, but when I see him ridiculing the PCB after taking a salary every month, I wonder if he has any loyalty left in him?” The Daily Times quoted Akram, as saying.

However, Miandad, who is presently the PCB’s Director General, was not amused by the comments, and said: “One can’t become father of his father. If I open my lips then cricketers of the post 1996 era would not be able to speak a word.”

Miandad further said he would approach Akram, and confront him over the issue.

“If he (Akram) upholds the reported statement then I would also respond and let me tell you that after my response Wasim would not be able to even face me,” Miandad said.

“I have a lot of regards for Wasim’s abilities, but he should choose his words carefully before making statements,” he added. (ANI)

There is a value for nuisance in Pakistan cricket: Akram

Former Pakistan fast bowler Wasim Akram has backed all-rounder Shahid Afridi’s appointment as the skipper of the national side for the upcoming ICC T20 World Championship, saying “there is a value for nuisance in Pakistan cricket.”

Akram said Afridi may have earned a bad name for himself and the country following the shocking ball-chomping incident in Australia, but he is the best man to lead the team in the current scenario.

“He (Afridi) has a lot of energy and this format of the game, needs his aggressive approach. Surely, he will now be thinking about the World Cup because the nation’s prestige will be in his hands. He just has to control his wildfire emotions,” The Daily Times quoted Akram, as saying.

The champion left-arm pacer also backed the Pakistan Cricket Board’s (PCB) decision to appoint his former new-ball partner Waqar Younis as the chief coach and former middle order batsman Ijaz Ahmed as his deputy.

“I think this is the best team management Pakistan can ask for. I am happy for Waqar. He always wanted to be the coach of Pakistan,” Akram said.

Describing Waqar as a hard taskmaster, he said discipline has always been an issue with the national side and one should expect Waqar to wield the stick on erring players, if required.

Akram, however, said the PCB must give time to the newly appointed coach to make the team deliver.

“He must be given a year to prove himself,” he said.

Akram said he is ready to help the Pakistan team and his old team mate Waqar whenever they ask for any assistance.

“If Waqar calls me for the camps, I will be happy to go and share a few thoughts with the bowlers. Unlike many of our senior cricketers, I am not hankering for money from the PCB. I am available for free as long as my professional commitments are not compromised,” he said.

Describing former cricketers as the ‘biggest enemy’ of Pakistan cricket, Akram raised questions over former batsman Javed Miandad’s loyalty.

“I have all my regards for Javed bhai. But then when I see him ridiculing the PCB after taking a salary every month, I wonder if he has any loyalty left in him?” he said. (ANI)