Wasim Akram has taken an indirect dig at fellow former Pakistan left-arm speedster Mohammad Amir. The 54-year-old cricket legend claimed he hates it when coaches are disrespected and revealed he doesn’t wish to be a part of Pakistan’s team management because of the heat and criticism they face from players and fans.
Wasim Akram is one of the greatest fast bowlers to ever play the game. Hence, it might be a bit perplexing for people to fathom why he isn’t a part of Pakistan’s backroom staff that consists of other former players like Waqar Younis and Misbah-ul-Haq.
Wasim Akram Can’t Tolerate Nonsense Against Coaches
On Cricket Pakistan’s YouTube channel, Wasim Akram revealed that although he has coached franchise teams, he didn’t have the time to commit to the team for most of the year.
“Firstly, if you associate yourself not just with Pakistan but with any other international team, you need to give at least 200-250 days in a year. I feel I cannot manage so much work away from Pakistan and my family. Generally, players who want any sort of advice contact me and I try to help them,” Wasim Akram said.
Mohammad Amir had openly come out in public to slam head coach Misbah-ul-Haq and bowling coach Waqar Younis for allegedly “torturing” him and not backing him enough. Wasim Akram was disappointed with the disrespect coaches were facing, both by players and on social media.
“Secondly, I am not a fool. I do look at social media and the way some players humiliate their coaches and seniors. Coaches aren’t going to play cricket, it’s the players who have to play. A coach’s job is just to plan and it isn’t completely his fault if the team is losing. I cannot tolerate nonsense against coaches.”
Wasim Akram who is Pakistan’s all-time highest wicket-taker criticized the national team management for keeping Mohammad Amir on the sidelines regarding selection in the Pakistan team.
On 26 July 2019, Mohammad Amir announced his retirement from Test cricket in order to focus on limited-overs cricket. On 17 December 2020, he announced his retirement from international cricket. Mohammad Amir played 36 Tests, 61 ODIs, and 50 T20Is before announcing retirement. He claimed 259 wickets across formats.
Wasim Akram Don’t Have The Time To Run PCB
Wasim Akram was also vocal about rumours that he controlled the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB). The former speedster certainly did not go down easy on those tarnishing his image.
“I do read newspapers and I am aware of which journalist talks about me controlling PCB. But I feel that all the credible journalists in Pakistan need to do a bit of homework. I don’t have the time to run PCB, I am just in the committee and that is an honorary job.”
With the kind of young talent the Pakistan pace attack possesses at the moment, Wasim Akram’s presence could have helped them take their game to the next level. It remains to be seen whether the Sultan of Swing will join the Pakistan team management in the future.