Shoaib Akhtar
Shoaib Akhtar (Image Credit: Twitter)

Shoaib Akhtar, a legendary pace bowler for Pakistan, was furious at the team’s mentality, particularly in the chase, and also retaliated against PCB chairman Ramiz Raja for his remarks regarding the Rawalpindi pitch, which was criticized for its friendly character.

Pakistan failed to chase down 343 runs with four sessions and more than 100 overs remaining in the first Test match of the series against England on Monday.

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Pakistan National Cricket Team
Pakistan National Cricket Team (Image Credits: Twitter)

Akhtar praised England’s impressive win and aggressive style of cricket on his YouTube channel, praising head coach Brendon McCullum in particular.

“Pakistan did not even take the opportunity that was presented to them. England provided them with an opportunity to rescue the Test match, but Pakistan did not take it. There is a mental distinction. Would Pakistan have declared in the same circumstances as England did yesterday? They wouldn’t have done it. Their coach, Brendon McCullum, has stated that they will bat at a run a ball in Test cricket, “Akhtar stated on his Youtube Channel.

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England vs Pakistan Test- Photo-AFP
England vs Pakistan Test- Photo-AFP

“They’re not going to go for draws. Joe Root stated that they want to save Test Cricket. Where are you going with this mindset? I was there and was saddened by the approach. You can’t play if you’re afraid,” Shoaib Akhtar added.

“It’s quite disappointing. England made an effort to make this Test match entertaining. They offered Pakistan a chance to avoid a tie. You Pakistan play well and win. 350 on this wicket isn’t a big deal.”

Brendon McCullum, Ben Stokes
Brendon McCullum, Ben Stokes. (Photo: Twitter)

“You’ve already accumulated 150 marks. I saw no intent or capability. No offense to the youngsters. You played nicely, Naseem Shah. But England deserves to win. “There are no doubts,” Shoaib Akhtar added.

“Chairman himself saying we should have made a better wicket”: Shoaib Akhtar

Ramiz was subsequently criticized by Akhtar for the remarks he made about the unresponsive Rawalpindi pitch while it was being criticized, despite the fact that England had four centurion players and scored a record 506 runs on an opening day.

Ramiz Raja
PCB Chairman Ramiz Raja

“Chairman himself saying we should have made a better wicket and England batted well. Brother, you are the chairman; you have the authority to make better pitches,” Shoaib Akhtar concluded.