Pakistan had gotten off to a poor start to their T20 World Cup campaign with consecutive losses to India and Zimbabwe but have since recovered with two bounce wins. The squad defeated the Netherlands and South Africa to keep their hopes of qualifying for the semi-finals in the tournament alive, but their fate rests alongside their own in other matches in their group. Group 2’s blockbuster final day of competition will see all sides in action, and the day will conclude with two confirmed four-party semi-finalists – Pakistan, India, South Africa and Bangladesh – battling for the next stage.
In Pakistan, a number of former cricketers had expressed disappointment at the tournament’s poor start, and even the current players – Wahab Riaz and Mohammad Amir – were critical of the side. Both pacers are currently out of favor with current team management and are currently part of the expert panel on a Pakistani national television channel.
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Interestingly, in another Pakistani channel, a fan asked the country’s legendary former fast bowler Wasim Akram for his advice from Wahab and Amir, who have “suddenly become experts”.
“Wasim bhai, any advice for Amir and Wahab who have suddenly become TV cricket experts, bent on criticizing the left, right and center?” a fan asked Akram up A sport.
Akram had a pretty clear answer, though. The former Pakistani captain insisted that both are mature enough, but advised them to “be as positive as possible”.
“I think they are big boys. They know what they are doing. Agar main unko advise du… main toh usually advise dene ke haq me nahi hota kyunki hamaare clutre advise me leke har koi ghoomta rehta hai. Aap Maango nahi fir bhi advise de denge, Twitter pe de denge. They’re big guys, they know what they’re doing, I just want them to be positive whenever they can. That’s it,” Akram said.
Wahab Riaz last represented Pakistan in December 2020 at a T20I against New Zealand; Meanwhile, Amir played his last international match in England in August of the same year.