Chennai: Former Pakistani pacer and legendary cricketer Wasim Akram came down heavily on Pakistani cricketers after their humiliating loss to Afghanistan in the ICC Cricket World Cup 2023 match at the M.A. Chidambaram Stadium in Chennai. This is the third upset in the 2023 edition of World Cup so far. Earlier, Afghanistan beat England and Netherlands beat South Africa in the other upsets of the World Cup 2023.
Wasim Akram slammed Pakistani players for their dismal performance in the match against Afghanistan
Wasim Akram slammed Pakistani players for their dismal performance in the match against Afghanistan on Monday (October 23). Afghanistan team beat Pakistan by eight wickets as the Pakistani team set a target of 282 runs while batting first, which Afghanistan chased in the 49th over and eight wickets to spare. Wasim Akram raised grave concerns over the fitness of the Pakistani players as they were sloppy in the field and were not able to stop the ball from going to boundaries.
He alleged that there has been no fitness test conducted for the past two years.
Wasim Akram said that Afghanistan side chased a huge target of 282 runs with the fall of only two wickets. He also said that the wicket was wet or not does not matter with such poor fielding. He alleged that there has been no fitness test conducted for the past two years. He said that the players' fitness level is not up to the mark and claimed that they are having around 8kgs of Kadhai and Nihari on daily basis. There has to be a certain criteria of fitness and the tests should be conducted on daily basis.
There has to be a certain criteria
Wasim Akram also said that these people are professional players and are getting paid to play for their country, there has to be a certain criteria and fitness tests should be given priority in selecting the team. The former players and fans are disappointed by the performance of Pakistani cricket team in the ongoing cricket World Cup in India. After their loss to Afghanistan, their chances of qualifying for the semi-finals has deemed further.
Pakistan Team has slipped to the fifth position
Pakistan Team has slipped to the fifth position in the points table after losing to India, Australia and Afghanistan. Team India is the table topper and has not lost a single game in the tournament so far. They have played five matches and have won all the five games. Team India has 10 points in their pocket with a decent net run rate. Team India is followed by New Zealand at second spot and South Africa at the third spot. Australia is placed at the fourth spot after their dismal performance in their initial games.