Wasim Akram. Photo- Twitter
Wasim Akram. Photo- Getty

Former Pakistan skipper Wasim Akram talking about India’s disappointing performance in the ICC Men’s T20 World Cup 2021 has said that the Men In Blue failed to recover after the first game against Pakistan and especially after the first over from pacer Shaheen Shah Afridi.

India National Cricket Team entered the ICC Men’s T20 World Cup 2021 as favourites but they lost the first two games of the tournament against Pakistan and New Zealand and were eventually knocked out of the semi-finals race.

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Wasim Akram and Ravi Shastri. Photo- IPL
Wasim Akram and Ravi Shastri. Photo- IPL

In a video shared by Sport360 Wasim Akram said:

They were the favourites to win the World Cup. And I suppose after the first game… after especially Shaheen Afridi’s first over, they never could recover. “

“Then you see, there were a lot of talks about they concentrate on the IPL a lot more, Their players don’t play against international players as much in the other league. And probably they were right at times because very few have faced – Pakistan and India have hardly played cricket – very few have faced Shaheen, Haris Rauf or Hasan Ali,” he added.

India Have To Allow The Players To Play At Least One Or Two More Leagues Worldwide – Wasim Akram

Wasim Akram
Wasim Akram (Image Credit: Twitter)

Akram feels that Indian players should play other franchise cricket leagues in the world to get the experience of playing in different conditions and against different players. He said:

When you play leagues in different countries – one or two, I’m not saying play every league – at least your players get the experience to play against the other bowlers, different pitches, different teams, different conditions.”

Wasim Akram
. Image-PTI

Wasim Akram added that the Indian Premier League (IPL) is No.1 T20 league but allowing players to play more leagues in the world would be beneficial for the team. He said:

So I think they (India) have to think back… IPL is the number 1 league, yes, money-wise, talent-wise but they have to allow the players at least one or two more leagues worldwide.”

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