Wasim Akram criticises Pakistan’s attitude in ODIs against England

Published: August 28, 2016
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Wasim Akram claims that Pakistan's mentality is archaic for modern cricket. PHOTO: REUTERS

Wasim Akram claims that Pakistan's mentality is archaic for modern cricket. PHOTO: REUTERS

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.”

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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.

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“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

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Reader Comments (11)

  • Mohammed - - - Auckland
    Aug 28, 2016 - 4:52PM

    Since he stopped playing cricket what has he done for Pakistan cricket. Nothing.
    Everything for himself.
    Get the message. Recommend

  • Naasir
    Aug 28, 2016 - 5:40PM

    Muhammed — Auckland> What have you done for Pakistan lately ? Looks like you are chilling in New Zealand.Recommend

  • Ch. Allah Daad
    Aug 28, 2016 - 6:03PM

    Losing matches is not a big deal. The good thing is that Pakistani players have done nothing criminal so far. Recommend

  • r
    Aug 28, 2016 - 6:16PM

    were is amir.Recommend

  • Mohammed - - - Auckland
    Aug 29, 2016 - 12:53AM

    Naasir bhai I come from Fiji (who won rugby gold medal at Rio this year).
    Follow Pakistan cricket like a lot of people around the world.
    I do whatever I can for Fiji & New Zealand
    Anything wrong with that.Recommend

  • Israr
    Aug 29, 2016 - 1:05AM

    Pak surely batting like it was the 90’s but we wouldn’t have a problem if we could also bowl like it was the 90’s ;)Recommend

  • ishrat salim
    Aug 29, 2016 - 1:15AM

    Pakistani players get a big head if they win or get laurels for being #1 team. They become arrogant and complacent. They do not play with passion and as a team. Our players have a communication problem due to sub standard education level, hence cannot understand what the coach is trying to say. Hence,they will remain the most unpredictable team. Recommend

  • SK
    Aug 29, 2016 - 9:10AM

    Among other problems, probably the most critical one is the captain who doesn’t have the killer instinct to lead the team in the current form of ODI cricket.Recommend

  • hussain
    Aug 29, 2016 - 1:14PM

    Wasim needs to concentrate on his commentery rather than showing off his bowling skills world has learnt how to bowl reverse swings…His concerns abt the team is doesn’t help him showing how amir bowls different with locking his wrists or swings. Please wasim we know you was good in ur time but you was called cheat by same people Recommend

  • TRG
    Aug 29, 2016 - 2:50PM

    Give these boys sometime and I am sure they will perform.
    But for this to achieve some hard decisions has to be made. Nothing against Azhar Ali but i believe his style of batting does not suit the modern ODI game play. Without any doubt Sarfaraz Ahmed should be given the captaincy. Babar Azam and Hasan ali should be given an entire year. But players like Sharjeel, Shoaib malik, Umar gul, Yasir shah needs to step up their game.Recommend

  • Pakistan Zindabad
    Aug 29, 2016 - 2:51PM

    Come On Guys. I feel good about Pakistani Team as they are quite Weaker and in Experienced Team then the English One. What i like was at least they fight.Recommend

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