Former pacer and bowling legend Wasim Akram has slammed the functioning of the game in Pakistan in his interaction with cricket.com.au. Akram was critical about the methods adopted by the PCB and went on to say that currently, the game was literally down the drains in Pakistan. Akram’s statement emerges after another horrible outing for Pakistan in an ICC event. Pakistan last qualified for a semi-final of an ICC event way back in 2012.
“Whatever happened in this T20 World Cup for Pakistan it was writing on the wall,” Akram told cricket.com.au. “They didn’t see it four years ago when Pakistan made the semi-finals in Sri Lanka in 2012, but it was meant to happen. “Our first-class structure is down the drain, nobody puts money in there, nobody’s bothering. “And they want to win World Cups – you can’t win World Cups like this, I’m sorry,” said a disgusted Akram.
“It’s a tournament. A team prepares itself for three to four years; they plan, they prepare, they pick the right combination. “But we just go by our instinct and go ‘OK, there’s a World Cup next month, hopefully, we’ll win’. That’s what we do in Pakistan,” Akram said.
Akram also added that Pakistan should have at least qualified for the semi-finals. “You go to a World Cup and I’m a commentator and I’m a Pakistani and want Pakistan team to do well,” he said. “Winning the World T20 would be the icing on the cake, but, at least, qualify for the semis. Of course, it hurts. Big time. “Not just to me but every Pakistani. It doesn’t matter if you’re living in Pakistan or living abroad, it hurts.”