“Pakistan’s first-class cricket is run by some random journalist”, says Wasim Akram
Legendary former cricketer Wasim Akram went hard at Pakistan for their poor outing against India. Sarfaraz Ahmed‘s men had the opportunity of breaking the losing streak against the in men in blues in World Cup. Pakistan have never beaten India in the mega event and the trend continued.
Sarfaraz won the toss and elected to field first. Rohit Sharma was at his best as he hit a stylish 140. He was well supported by KL Rahul and Virat Kohli, both of them scoring fifties and helping India post 336/5 in 50 Overs.
Akram shifted the focus on Pakistan’s poor domestic structure and credited India for working on the grass root level. Akram, who is Pakistan’s highest wicket-taker in ODIs, said there isn’t any growth in Pakistan cricket as there isn’t any level of consistency. “Indian cricket invested everything in their first-class cricket over the years. And we as Pakistan have hardly done anything for our first-class cricket. We have been changing it every year. Our first-class cricket has been run by some random journalist for some odd reason and why for so many years.” he said.
A day ahead of the marquee clash, Akram had said that his mind says Virat Kohli’s men will clinch a win but his heart goes out for his nation. “It is a big game, the game of the World Cup as we call it. Mother of all games. I am relaxed as I am not playing. My heart says Pakistan but the mind says India are definitely the favorites to win the game. You’ll hardly see locals in the stadium and it will be filled with fans from the countries.” he added.
Akram on India’s new found mojo in fielding
He also highlighted India’s performance in the fielding department. Kohli and his men have set a high benchmark and it is there to be seen. “Absolutely India are favourites. The way they have played, controlled the game against Australia with their batting depth and bowling variations and variety. And of course, fielding has been phenomenal, something rarely seen in subcontinental sides and that is because they are physically very fit,” said Akram.
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