“What is the point of the IPL final? India is more important…': Pakistan legend mocks Indian T20 WC team 'for thinking about the future'

Wasim Akram mocked the Indian men's cricket team as none of his 15-member squad for the 2024 T20 World Cup was part of the recent IPL final.

The fast bowling legend joked that Indian cricketers won't be able to cite fatigue to justify their performances, adding that it could turn out to be a “blessing in disguise”.

“Well, now at least none of them will have to say they're tired.” They were thinking about the future, what is the point of reaching the final, India is more important, we will play with the country. But this could be a blessing in disguise for India,” Akram was quoted as saying by Sportskeeda.

“We talked on the previous show that I was worried they would be tired, and they will be, no doubt. Even America is not their way. I think Pakistan's first match is Dallas if I remember correctly. Now they will play one or two training matches there. Everything will be fine, I guess. We are in T20, the boys will recover, today the physical condition is very high,” he added.

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Yuzvendra Chahal and Avesh Khan left for the United States on Monday evening. Rohit Sharma, Suryakumar Yadav, Rishabh Pant, Shivam Dube, Ravindra Jadeja, Axar Patel, Kuldeep Yadav, Arshdeep Singh, Jasprit Bumrah, Mohammed Siraj along with reservists Shubman Gill and Khaleel Ahmed had left for New York from Mumbai on Saturday evening and landed in New York on Monday.

Sanju Samson and Yashasvi Jaiswal, who played for Rajasthan Royals in Qualifier 2, along with Rinku Singh, who won the IPL 2024 title with Kolkata Knight Riders. should leave soon. Hardik Pandya and Virat Kohli will join the team late.


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India are scheduled to play their only warm-up match against Bangladesh at the Nassau County International Cricket Stadium in New York on June 1.

India's T20 World Cup campaign begins on June 5 against Group A opponents Ireland in New York, followed by a much-anticipated clash against Pakistan on June 9.

India will next face co-hosts USA on June 12 in New York, before flying to Florida to face Canada on June 15 to conclude their Group A championship matches.

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