Overlooked Pakistan wicketkeeper-batsman Kamran Akmal has come down hard at Pakistan cricket team as their miserable show continues at the ongoing ICC World Cup 2019. Thus, he has requested Prime Minister of Pakistan Imran Khan to take strong measures against the team. He also stressed those who have spoiled cricket in the country should be punished.
Kamran’s statement came after the Men in Green lost to the World No.2 ICC ranked ODI team India on June 16 in Manchester.
Moreover, the Men in Blue went on to extend their record of 7-0 against Pakistan at the ODI showpiece.
Except for the toss, nothing has gone into Pakistan’s way. Virat Kohli-led India went on to dominate Pakistan in a lop-sided encounter at the Old Trafford. Sarfraz Ahmed, who opted to ball first, saw India posting a formidable total of 336 for five in 50 allotted overs.
Opening pair; Rohit Sharma and KL Rahul stitched crucial 136-run stand before Rohit brought up his 24th One-day International (ODI) hundred.
Furthermore, KL Rahul played a sensible knock off 78-ball 57, whereas, skipper lead in his own way by slamming 65-ball 77.
In response, Pakistan faltered early on barring a healthy 104-run stand between Fakhar Zaman and Babar Azam for the second wicket, and mercurial Pakistan has lost their plot by losing four wickets within a space of 20 deliveries.
Besides, the rain delay forced the revised play which saw Pakistan managing just 212 for six in 40 overs. Thus, India comprehensively won the game by 89 runs owing to the Duckworth Lewis (DLS) method.
Currently, Pakistan is at the ninth spot on points table following three points in five games. They’re a loss away to pack their bags in the league stage of the World Cup.
On the other side, Pakistan must win all their remaining four games. Also, they’ve to rely on some other equations — to progress in the knockout stages of the tournament. Anyway, it all looks highly unlikely.
Kamran Akmal berates Pakistan team following a loss against India:
Meanwhile, the aggressive right-handed batsman has castigated skipper Sarfraz for deciding against to bat first in Manchester. He further wants Imran, who’s also the patron of the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB), to take immediate steps in a bid to save Pakistan cricket from any crisis.
“I request Prime Minister Imran Khan, who is also PCB patron, to start ruthless accountability and all those, who inflicted huge damages on Pakistan cricket, must face the music. We are blessed with so many natural cricketers, who, if selected on merit, can strengthen Pakistan batting and bowling and can take Pakistan team to a much higher level,” Kamran told Pakistan-based newspaper, the Nation.
The Lahore-born 37-year-old cricketer Kamran is disappointed with his national team’s performance. He has himself played 153 ODI for Pakistan.
Kamran added Pakistan has failed to win a game whenever they opted to field at the World Cup. He also added they had won the game against England by batting first. He stated Windies had strangulated Pakistan. Notably, he remarked their batters have had struggled overall who were peppered with short stuff by the Windies pacers.
“Pakistan has not won any match in the World Cup, where they opted to chase. The only victory for greens caps came against the tournament favourites England. When we batted first and posted massive 300 plus runs on the board, while against West Indies, we were badly exposed and flattened at meager 105. Our batting badly flopped and all the flaws were exposed by the opponents,” Kamran stated.