Wasim Akram defended Pakistan’s team against selfishness claims.
Pakistan had wins and losses in the World Cup.
Pakistan’s opening pair shone, but Australia posted a high score.
Former Pakistan cricket team captain Wasim Akram defended the team in a recent exchange with a fan who accused the national side of being selfish. This confrontation took place on a local sports show following Pakistan’s 62-run loss to Australia in Bengaluru, India.
Wasim Akram, who led the Pakistani team in two World Cups, responded firmly to the fan’s criticism, emphasizing that the focus should be on evaluating the team’s performance rather than resorting to negativity. He stated, “We are here to talk about the performance of the team. If they play well, we will appreciate them, if they play bad, we will call them out. That is what we are here for. Be positive in life; I feel for people around you, how much negativity you transfer to them.”
Pakistan’s performance in the World Cup had been under scrutiny as they suffered consecutive defeats to arch-rivals India and Australia in Ahmedabad and Bengaluru. Despite these setbacks, Pakistan managed to secure two victories against the Netherlands and Sri Lanka, with the latter missing some key players.
Their upcoming match against Afghanistan is slated for October 23 in Chennai, known for its tricky and spinning wicket.
In their recent game against Australia, the Pakistani team showed promise initially, with the opening duo of Imam-ul-Haq and Abdullah Shafique forming a substantial 134-run partnership. This marked the first time that a Pakistani opening pair had a century stand against Australia in a World Cup match. However, Pakistan struggled to maintain momentum and were eventually all out for 305 runs in 45.3 overs.
Australia, batting first, posted an imposing total of 367 runs, which was the highest ever total against Pakistan in the World Cup. Shaheen Afridi, the 23-year-old Pakistani bowler, delivered a standout performance by taking five wickets, marking his second World Cup five-wicket haul.
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