Former Pakistan cricketer Kamran Akmal slams Pakistan Cricket team right after their 228-run defeat against India in their recent Asia Cup 2023 clash on Monday.
Kamran Akmal slams Pakistan Cricket team
Right after the Pakistan vs India Asia Cup 2023 group match ended with no result, the board decided to add a reserve day for their Group Four clash on September 10. With rain expected on the game day, ACC allotted the very next day(September 11) as the reserve day for the game.
As expected the Rain intervened the game while India batted 24.1 overs and scored 147 runs for 2 wickets loss. On the reserve day, the game resumed from 24.1 over where Virat and KL Rahul continued to bat.
Virat and KL Rahul both registered a century each and moved India’s score to 356 runs at the end of 50 overs.
Pakistan on the other hand made a terrible start where their top-order batters were sent out to the pavilion before crossing a total of 100 runs. Pakistan lost all their 10 wickets for 128 runs and lost the match by 228 runs.
Kuldeep Yadav bagged his second five-wicket haul by dismissing Fakhar Zaman, Agha Salman, Iftikhar Ahmed, Shadab Khan, and Faheem Ashraf.
Speaking on the defeat, former Pakistan cricketer Kamran Akmal was extremely disappointed with the Babar Azam-led Pakistan cricket team’s performance against India.
“If you want a good performance in the World Cup, if you want to play in the Asia Cup final, and if you have this approach, you will struggle to even beat the Netherlands. What is the management doing? Who told you to bowl first? At least tell players to stay on the crease. Your run rate has suffered badly. You chased 190-odd runs in 40-odd overs against Bangladesh,” Akmal said on his official YouTube channel.
Akmal was also not pleased by the shot selection of a number of batters and he criticised the Pakistan Cricket Board for not asking questions of them.
“Send messages. The way Shadab, Iftikhar, and Salman got out. You had to tell them to play the full overs, take the score to at least 260-280. They know that PCB won’t ask them tough questions. There’s no game plan, no approach. Everyone has gone for holiday. I’m sorry to say, you’ve performed like school boys against a top team,” he added during the interaction while analysing Pakistan’s performance.
Pakistan will have to beat Sri Lanka in their Super 4 game to reach the Asia Cup 2023 final. In the case where the match gets abandoned due to rain, the Lankans will go through to the final, courtesy of their better Net Run Rate in comparison to Pakistan.