Vishal Mehra ∙ Nov 11 2022, 4:01 AM

Wasim Akram takes jibe at Indian Premier League after India's exit from T20 World Cup 2022

image-labyd1omRohit Sharma has won five IPL trophies [Source: Twitter]

Another T20 World Cup opportunity goes begging, as India were thrashed by finalists England in their semi-finals clash last evening. Rohit Sharma’s side looked clueless while defending 168 and ended up losing the match by 10 wickets.

Since winning the first-ever T20 World Cup under MS Dhoni in 2007, India have been unsuccessful in repeating their heroics, despite staging the biggest T20 league in the world - the Indian Premier League.

There has been a constant debate about player's inability to produce match-winning knocks under pressure in international matches, as they do in the IPL.

​Former Pakistan captain Wasim Akram after India's exit from WC took a jibe at the IPL. Akram felt that lack of fast bowlers against England in Adelaide cost India the match.

 Speaking to Asports, the 'Sultan of Swing' stated that despite having talented fast bowlers, the likes of Avesh Khan and Umran Malik loose pace after a season of IPL.

"But the problem is most of their young fast bowlers lose their pace after playing one season in the IPL. After one IPL season, Avesh's pace came down to 135. So the BCCI should check why this is happening frequently in Indian cricket.

I think Avesh was paid 12 crores (Rs120 million) in the IPL. I am all for money. But when you are young and you are paid so much money, it's possible for a youngster to lose focus and lose the hunger to work hard,"

The 1992 World Cup-hero for Pakistan advocated for Indian players to feature in foreign league as well.​

Head coach Rahul Dravid during the press conference indicated that Indian players should be play foreign but the sole decision lies on the Board of Control for Cricket in India. 

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