India vs Pakistan at the ICC World Cup – predictable outcome? It’s not just the fans who are left disappointed by the Pakistan cricket team, former captain Wasim Akram too is “tired” of the players non-serious attitude towards fitness. Speaking to a local Pakistani television, the cricket legend said he had grown tired of giving advice to the national team. Akram made the statement on a post-match show after India beat Pakistan by 89 runs via the Duckworth-Lewis-Stern method in the World Cup clash on Sunday.
The former cricketer said he constantly tried to give the men in green advice but it appears that every he says falls on deaf ears.
“When you are going with five bowlers, it means that you are omitting one batsman and bowling would be your strength,” he reflected. “And, when you have bowling as your strength, you go for defending the total.”
“I have been saying things to them since the [last] two games but I am tired of it now,” he continued. “I am here, I have played here, I was ready to guide the players but no one came to me.”
Akram was clearly miffed. “Even in the tournament,” he said, “Only Shaheen Shah Afridi came once to seek my advice and other than that, no one came to me to ask anything.”
The fast-bowling legend is not a contractual employee of the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) but frequently works with the bowlers through workshops organized at the National Cricket Academy in Lahore. He has frequently called out Pakistani players over neglecting fitness. Sunday’s clash at Old Trafford was a repeat of previous World Cup meetings between the two rivals – with Pakistan barely showing up to contest. The result too was predictable. The men in green will play against South Africa at Lord’s on Sunday.