Former Pakistan bowling great Wasim Akram has taken a dig at the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) for organizing tours of Zimbabwe repeatedly. Wasim Akram’s comments arrived in the wake of the national team’s underwhelming performances in England recently. The men in green will next face the West Indies in four T20Is and two Tests in their backyard.
Pakistan has faced roasting from various sources for playing against Zimbabwe quite frequently. The men in green locked horns with Zimbabwe in October last year in Pakistan, followed by touring the African nation in April 2021. Several former cricketers have underlined that they should play big teams frequently, including England and Australia, to challenge themselves.
Wasim Akram mocked PCB by intending to meet the person who regularly organizes Zimbabwe tours, stating it would only benefit them. The cricketer-turned-commentator compared Pakistan’s state with India, which has two teams playing in two continents. Akram heaped praises on India for investing money and building a sound system by roping in professionals.
“I want to meet that genius who is organising tours of Zimbabwe. I want to offer him extra praise and say ‘well done, you’ve done a great job’. It is not going to benefit us. It will only be helpful for them. Once in four years, I’m ok with that. If you compare with India. Their one team is in Sri Lanka, another is in England. And they can raise another team. They improved their system 10 years ago. They invested money, brought in professionals,” Akram told ARY News.
Stop calling. Stop recommendations: Wasim Akram
Wasim Akram also called for the recommendations and calls to stop before selecting any player. The 55-year old reveals he is fine with suggestions; however, asking to choose a particular cricketer sounds embarrassing.
“Dear Pakistanis, please… I’m talking about the educated guys. Stop calling. Stop recommendations. This is the 21st century. Before selection, I get calls, ‘pick this player, pick that player.’ It’s a different thing if you want someone to have a look at a player, but to ask to pick that person is embarrassing,” he added.