Pakistan wicketkeeper-batsman Kamran Akmal has urged his Prime Minister and former Pakistan captain Imran Khan to take action against the team after their dismal performance against India in the World Cup.
Barring the toss, not much went Pakistan’s way in the game. India posted a massive total of 336 for 5 in the 50 overs. Opener Rohit Sharma was the star man with the bat, scoring 140. KL Rahul and Virat Kohli also impressed, scoring 57 and 77 respectively.
In reply, Pakistan failed to provide any sort of challenge to their formidable opponents. Barring the 104-run stand between Fakhar Zaman and Babar Azam, they never really looked in contention to chase down the total. They eventually finished on 212 for 6 in 40 overs, thus losing the game by 89 runs (DLS method).
Pakistan are now staring down the barrel at the ongoing World Cup. With just 3 points from five games, the Men in Green look set to exit the tournament at the group stage. And amidst all these, Kamran Akmal has asked Imran Khan to take action against the team. He criticised Sarfaraz Ahmed’s decision to bowl first before asking the PM to take action.
“Pakistan has not won any match in the World Cup, where they opted to chase. The only victory for greens caps came against the tournament favourites England, when we batted first and posted massive 300 plus runs on the board, while against West Indies, we were badly exposed and flattened at meager 105. Our batting badly flopped and all the flaws were exposed by the opponents,” Kamran Akmal told the Nation.
“I request Prime Minister Imran Khan, who is also PCB patron, to start ruthless accountability and all those, who inflicted huge damages on Pakistan cricket, must face the music. We are blessed with so many natural cricketers, who, if selected on merit, can strengthen Pakistan batting and bowling and can take Pakistan team to much higher level,” he added.
Pakistan will now have to win all of their remaining four games to keep their qualification hopes alive. Even if they manage to win the games, they will have to depend on other results to make it to the next stage.