Former fast-bowler Wasim Akram expressed concerns over Pakistan’s current form in ODIs, stating that the national team is playing matches like it was in the 1990s.
Pakistan, who are currently on tour of England, lost the first two matches of the five-match ODI series by wide margins. In both ODIs, the visitors batted first, reaching a total of 260 and 251 respectively.
Speaking to a local channel, the legendary bowler said that the team’s mentality is archaic for modern cricket. “Our psyche is that of the 1990s,” he said. “We have to realise that a score of 260-270 just isn’t good enough. Even a 290-run target is easily achievable these days.”
While the veteran praised Sarfraz Ahmed for his knock of 105 in the second ODI, he criticised other batsmen who faltered easily against England’s bowling attack. “If it hadn’t been for Sarfraz, Pakistan would have collapsed before scoring 125,” he said. “A batsman should have the ability of getting runs under pressure.”
Earlier, head coach Mickey Arthur also expressed his disappointment of Pakistan’s poor display in one-days, sending a clear warning to players prior to the second ODI at Lord’s.
“I told the players that nobody is safe,” said Arthur, while addressing a press conference. “And if you are over 30, you have to come to the table more often than not. Otherwise, it gives us the opportunity to play some younger players. So, nobody is a hundred per cent safe, and the guys know that. They need to step up.”
Pakistan are currently trailing England 2-0 in the ODI series and will need to win all of their games in order to secure the series. The third ODI is scheduled to take place on 30 August at Trent Bridge in Nottingham.
This article initially appeared on ibtimes.co.uk