August 5, 2013

LONDON – Former Pakistan pace bowler Wasim Akram has said that although it was still a long way for the 2015 Cricket World Cup, Pakistan could beat India this time.

According to, Akram said that the Indians had moved ahead of Pakistan as far as cricket was concerned and they were organising more tours around the world for all of their teams at all levels, adding that everyone wanted to play against India at home or in India.

The former player said that the Indian Premier League has been a major boost for the country’s cricket and their players. Akram said that from the Pakistani perspective, the planning had to start right now and the selectors needed to think about who was going to be playing at the 2015 World Cup, adding that his concern was whether Pakistani batsmen would be able to perform well in Australia and New Zealand as the wickets would not be flat, with extra bounce available to the bowlers.

Akram said the Champions Trophy was a wakeup call for everyone involved in Pakistan cricket, and the selectors did the right thing to drop Kamran Akmal and Shoaib Malik. Akram praised the national side for winning both series in the Caribbean where Misbah-ul-Haq led from the front once again in the 50 over format.

The former player said he was delighted for Shahid Afridi who yet again made another good comeback, adding that whenever he was dropped, he came back with a bang. However, Akram said he did not approve of the decision to give Umar Akmal the gloves because he was not a proper wicket-keeper and asking him to keep wicket just increased pressure on him, adding that he did not keep wicket in domestic cricket either.

Akram said the lack of Test cricket in home conditions was hurting the development of Pakistan’s cricket and that the PCB needs to address the issue quickly. Akram said that in comparison to other countries, Pakistan was playing a lot lesser number of Test matches and that was the reason why the side could not compete in Test cricket with nations who were playing much more Test cricket.

The former player said that the more Test cricket the side plays, the better they would become and even laid emphasis on organising more ‘A’ tours and more Under 19 tours. Akram said that the ‘A’ teams of other leading Test nations were in action on a regular basis around the world, but unfortunately there seemed to be very little movement on this from the PCB.

Courtesy: THE NATION

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