Former Pakistan captain and one of the greatest pacer in the world, Wasim Akram has advised the PCB (Pakistan Cricket Board) to not boycott the World T20 2016 which will be held in India between 8 March and 3 April.
Akram said at a function in Karachi, “The World T20 is an ICC event and we should participate in it at all costs. If we don’t it will harm us in the long run.”
He added, “Not playing in the World T20 will only affect our players and our cricket. If India doesn’t want to play with us fine we can also survive without playing them. But the problem of terrorism will not be finished even if we play or don’t play.”
He gave an opinion about the India-Pakistan over the bilateral series issue. He said, “I realise that the Indians have taken too much time over deciding on the bilateral series with Pakistan, but even if it does not happen now it will happen soon. But yes I think the Indian board should also give a clear answer whether they want to play or not and put the issue aside.”
He said that the bilateral cricket will be good for both countries.
Akram also spoke out about current Pakistan team conditions. He said that the senior batsman Younis Khan and head coach Waqar Younis should sit together and settle their differences. He said, “The way they are going at each other indirectly is not good for either of them or our cricket. If they have some issues they must sit down and discuss it and try to resolve it.”
He advised to Waqar for more relaxing with his players. Akram told, “If the solution to every problem was a fine than Waqar himself would have been fined lakhs of rupees by now.”
Younis Khan was also present in that function. He demands a permanent calendar of bilateral series between India and Pakistan. He said, “If we play now than it must be on a permanent basis and efforts should be made to ensure regular matches are held.”