Wasim Akram happy with the return of the senior players
July 27, 2012
Wasim Akram, the former Test skipper, is happy with Pakistan’s squad for the ICC World T20 2012 and believes that the senior players can help the country clinch the title for the second time.
Historically, the Green Shirts have done remarkably well in the glamorous tournament, being the only team to have qualified for the semi-finals of all the three events held so far.
The selectors gave chances to a number of young cricketers for the T20 series against Sri Lanka, held last month. However, they have opted for experienced cricketers like Abdul Razzaq, Imran Nazir and Kamran Akmal for the all-important competition, which will be played in Sri Lanka in September/October.
Some of the game’s pundits have slammed the policy of ignoring the younger players like Hammad Azam, Khalid Latif and Haris Sohail, who have been doing well in domestic cricket.
However, Akram, who is amongst the legends of the game, praised the management’s strategy and feels that big players are required for big events. Akram thinks that the trio, which is returning to international cricket after a long time, can turn the tables for Pakistan in the competition.
The former Test captain is of the opinion that the wicketkeeper/batsman, Kamran Akmal, is one of the top batsmen in the shortest format of the game.
The former left-arm fast bowler said, “This is a very good move by coach Dav Whatmore and the PCB. Pakistan are targeting their second title and players like Nazir, Razzaq and Akmal are the right choice over the youngsters. Nazir is very consistent, Razzaq is also doing well in County cricket, and in my view Kamran is the best opener in T20 cricket.”
Some of the Pakistani batsmen have been criticized in the past for their poor strike-rate and Wasim wants a changed approach from the Green Shirts in the forthcoming tournament.
“Pakistan have to change their mind-set in this format of the game. A strike-rate of 90 is good in one-day cricket but for T20 you need a strike-rate of 130-plus,” Akram mentioned.
The Men in Green will gain great practice before the tournament, when they take on Australia for a three-match T20 series in UAE.
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