Former Pakistan captain Wasim Akram has shown concerns over the national cricket team not getting enough matches and time to get used to the conditions in New Zealand and Australia ahead of the World Cup, starting from February 14.
He said, “When you look at India and how they are still struggling despite being in Australia for the past two months and having played a lot of matches, it does raises concerns whether Pakistan have enough time to go well prepared into the World Cup. It takes time to adjust to the pitches and conditions in both countries and I have toured those nations many times in the past. I just think a few warm up games and two ODIs against New Zealand is not the proper preparation for such a mega event.”
Wasim Akram, based on his experience of being a part of the 1992 World Cup winning squad and also captaining Pakistan to the 1999 edition final in England, stressed, “We should have played a full ODI series in New Zealand and had some more games in Australia before the World Cup.”
The fast bowling great said that he was surprised with the way New Zealand today defeated Pakistan by seven wickets with 63 balls to spare in the first One-day International. He expressed his observations, “New Zealand team has been in great form off-late and I was expecting them to win, but not expecting them to beat us so comfortably. It became a one-sided clash.”
He emphasized that both the batsmen and bowlers are yet to adjust to the conditions in New Zealand.
He concluded, “One could see today the batsmen are still to adjust to the seam conditions in New Zealand and our bowling is not hitting top gear.”