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'Players Not Talking To Each Other!' Did Wasim Akram Explosive Babar, Shaheen & Rizwan?

Wasim Akram blasts Pakistan stars after loss against India [AP Photo]Wasim Akram blasts Pakistan stars after loss against India [AP Photo]

Pakistan failed to chase down a modest target of 120 runs against India in their T20 World Cup 2024 encounter at Nassau County International Stadium in New York on Sunday, June 9.

Pakistan could only score 113/7, marking their second defeat of the tournament as India's Jasprit Bumrah, Hardik Pandya and Rishabh Pant starred in the high-voltage game.

Akram Criticizes Pakistan's Senior Players

Legendary Pakistan pacer Wasim Akram expressed his frustration over the team's poor performance, particularly highlighting Mohammad Rizwan's lack of game awareness.

Jasprit Bumrah's stellar bowling, with figures of 3/14, dismantled Pakistan’s batting lineup by taking key wickets, including those of Babar Azam, Mohammad Rizwan, and Iftikhar Ahmed.

"They have been playing cricket for 10 years, and I can’t teach them. Rizwan has no game awareness,” Akram stated during an interview with Star Sports after the match.

Akram emphasised that Rizwan should have approached Bumrah's deliveries with more caution, given the bowler’s reputation for taking crucial wickets.

"He should have known that Bumrah was given the ball to take wickets and that the wise thing would have been to play his deliveries cautiously. But Rizwan went for a big shot and lost his wicket."

Akram didn’t hold back his criticism of the entire team, suggesting a drastic overhaul.

"Pakistani players think that if they don’t perform well, the coaches will be sacked, and nothing will happen to them. It is time to keep the coaches and change the entire team," he added.

The former captain also touched on the lack of unity within the team, revealing tensions between key players.

“There are players who don’t want to talk to each other. This is international cricket, and you play for your country. Make these players sit at home,” he said.

Tough Road Ahead For Pakistan

India’s six-run victory, defending their lowest-ever total in a full T20 international, has left Pakistan on the brink of an early exit from the tournament.

With the USA and India both winning their opening games, Pakistan must secure big wins in their remaining matches and hope for favorable outcomes in other fixtures.

Their next match is against Canada on June 11 at the same venue.