'Make these players sit at home': Wasim Akram rips Pakistan cricket team after T20 WC loss to India

Pakistan lost to India in T20 World Cup 2024 match©AFP

Legendary fast bowler of the Pakistan cricket team Wasim Akram struck down Babar Azam and Co after their defeat against India in the 2024 T20 World Cup on Sunday and even said that wicketkeeper batting Mohammad Rizwan had “no awareness of the game”. It was Pakistan's second defeat in two matches, having been stunned by the United States in their opening match of the competition. Akram was extremely critical of Pakistan's approach as they chased a modest target of 120 and said Rizwan threw away his wicket against the Indian pacer. Jasprit Bumrah was one of the moments that led to the defeat.

“They have been playing cricket for 10 years and I can’t teach them. Rizwan has no awareness of the game,” Akram said on Star Sports while analyzing Pakistan’s innings.

“He should have known that Bumrah was given the ball to take the wickets and the wise thing would have been to play his deliveries carefully. But Rizwan attempted a big shot and lost his wicket. »

“Pakistani players think that if they don't perform well, the coaches will be sacked and nothing will happen to them. It's time to keep the coaches and change the entire team,” he added.

Akram also made a surprising revelation that some national team cricketers are not talking to each other and suggested that these players should “stay at home” and not play for the nation.

“There are players who don’t want to talk to each other. This is international cricket and you are playing for your country. Make these players stay home,” he said.

The defeat means Pakistan have 0 points from 2 matches and their chances of qualifying for the Super 8s are extremely slim. The Babar Azam-led team will need to win their remaining matches against Canada and Ireland, while hoping that the United States does not win their last two matches. Even if that happens, the race to the next round of the 2024 T20 World Cup could come down to Net Run Rate (NRR).

Topics mentioned in this article

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *