August 29, 2012

Karachi: Criticizing Pakistan’s 4-wicket defeat to Australia in first One Day International (ODI) at Sharjah, former captain and left arm pacer Wasim Akram has said that Pakistani batsmen are afraid of playing shots during power play.

Akram while talking to private Pakistani television Geo News on Wednesday said that the batsmen should play attacking cricket during first 10 overs of the inning.

He said that sending Kamran Akmal in lower order was a wrong decision, adding that “Kamran is more dangerous when he play as opener…I think he should be sent as opener.”

“I have played for 12-14 years at the same Sharjah wicket…I think Pakistan should have to play with three pacers,” the southpaw said.
The great cricketer who played for over 18 years for his country said that he had never seen such weak Australian middle order. “Despite that our bowlers failed to restrict the Australian batsmen,” he added.

- Pakistani batsmen afraid to playing shots: Akram on GEO

He recalled Imran Khan’s, the former captain and great cricket of Pakistan, word “Tucha” saying I always go with three specialist fast bowlers and proper batsmen on such wicket despite choosing “Tuchas” in team.

Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) has recently picked out different captains for the three different formats by making Misbah-ul-Haq skipper for ODI and Test while Hafeez for T20, the former cricketer said that it would be too early to comment on Misbah’s captaincy. “We should show confidence over him…he is performing well for past two year,” he added.


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