June 28, 2011

“Umar Gul will be the main bowler, but if Akhtar stays fit and healthy, he can still make a difference.”
— Wasim Akram on Umar Gul and Shoaib Akthar in the World Cup / February 05, 2011

“I think Razzaq’s aim for the World Cup should be to end as Man of the Tournament. He is one of the best all-rounders out there and is definitely a real match-winner. He has to focus a bit on his bowling and fielding but his explosiveness with the bat, lower down the order is unmatched in world cricket. He is one of those rare people, who can smash a load of runs off very few balls, changing the game in an instant.”
— Wasim Akram on what Abdul Razzaq’s role should be in the World Cup 2011 / February 05, 2011

“Shehzad has been playing sensational cricket. I know this kid. He is a real fearless character who does not feel that much pressure. I think he is definitely one to watch out for. His idea of defence is to attack and he will be consistent and lethal on sub-continent tracks.”
— Wasim Akram on Pakistan opening batsman Ahmed Shehzad / February 05, 2011

“Afridi has been leading the side for a while and has gotten to grips with the nuances of captaincy. In cricket, you need one or two years to perfect the art of captaincy and this is why I think Afridi was the best option available.”
— Wasim Akram on Shahid Afridi being chosen the captain for Pakistan for the World Cup / February 05, 2011

“The Pakistan board has made the right choice in selecting Afridi as the skipper. Despite having delayed the decision for so long, I am happy that in the end they chose the most able man for the job.”
— Wasim Akram on Pakistan Cricket Board choosing Shahid Afridi as the captain for Pakistan Cricket team in 2011 World Cup / February 05, 2011

“More than Younus, the decision made by Yousuf has saddened me. His retirement will definitely hurt Pakistan in Test cricket. You can’t replace a man with 24 Test centuries and 7000 runs. It’s a pity the way Pakistan have treated their best players. Just like Yousuf, Pakistan have not respected many former stars. I am not sure if this is the way to treat players who have served you with excellence for over two decades. At least, they deserve a testimonial game, a warm send-off and a moment that will stay forever in their hearts.”
— Wasim Akram / April 04, 2010

“Pakistan cricket continues to intrigue me. Quite a few things are making headlines and unfortunately, almost all for the wrong reasons! I have said in my previous column that the PCB had no business to slap indefinite bans on cricketers. Hence Younus will have a very strong case whenever he seeks legal help. It will be interesting to see how the PCB reacts then. Governance has never been PCB”s strong point for various reasons.”
— Wasim Akram / April 04, 2010

“The commitment and passion Sachin displayed in the field is indeed a rare example.”
— Wasim Akram on Sachin Tendulkar’s commitment / March 06, 2010

“If he believes in himself and bats up the order, it shows that he still reckons that he can win games with his batting. I don’t think we have been unfair to the man in our criticism. Afridi has been Pakistan’s premier bowler in the last two years but his reputation is built on his batting abilities.”
— Wasim Akram on Shahid Afridi / June 20, 2009

“I have worked with Afridi as captain. The way to get the best out of him is to give him confidence and motivate him. He needs to be acknowledged as a senior player. He has to be constantly told he is the main match-winner. He is somebody who needs a lot of attention and you need to give him that much of attention.”
— Wasim Akram saying pampering Shahid Afridi will get the best out of him / June 20, 2009

“Only performances should not matter but discipline is also very important. But with all the lucrative Twenty20 tournaments around the world like IPL, Gayle doesn’t stand to lose much if he never plays for the Windies again.”
– Wasim AkramSOURCE: WEBINDIA1233

“It’s very difficult. Saeed Anwar, Wasim Akram, Shoaib Akhtar, Azhar Mahmood, these guys were very receptive towards learning and understanding new information.”
——SOURCE: THE NATION

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