Manchester test: Wasim Akram disappointed with Azhar Ali captaincy against England
Great fast bowler Wasim Akram sharply criticized Pakistani captain Azhar Ali for his decisions in the first test against England, saying he “missed a round several times” in the visitors’ three-wicket loss .
Akram was particularly critical of Ali’s decision to move under playmaker Naseem Shah, who was only used for 13 of 82 overs in the second inning while defending a 277 goal.
“It will hurt. It will hurt the Pakistani team and the cricket fans in Pakistan,” Akram said, quoted by Sky Sports.
âWinning and losing is part of cricket, but I think our captain missed a round a few times in this game, when it comes to his leadership,â said the former Pakistani captain.
Chasing 277, Jos Buttler (75) and Chris Woakes (84 not released) under pressure proved to be the architects of England’s famous victory on day four, sewing a brilliant 139 point stand for the sixth wicket to win the match. from Pakistan.
Akram felt with England reduced to 117 for five, the need of the hour was to put pressure on Buttler, who was fighting for his test spot, and Woakes, who averaged just 5, 22 with the bat in his previous six tests.
âWhen Woakes came in there were no bouncers, no short deliveries, they let him set in and the races were getting easy,â Akram said, dissecting Pakistani skipper Ali’s mistakes.
“Once the partnership started, nothing happened – the turn didn’t happen, the swing didn’t happen – and Buttler and Woakes just took the game.”
Akram said flair and unpredictability were lacking on the Pakistani side on Saturday.
âPakistani cricket is all about the flair, unpredictability and attack of cricket.
âWe’re not county bowlers who are just going to come bowling all day,â said the 54-year-old former left arm coach.
âWe have a 17 year old (Naseem), who plays at 90 mph, a 20 year old (Shaheen Afridi), who is around 88 mph, and they should be bowling a lot more – 18-20 overs each innings , no matter the situation. “
The second test of the three-game series will be played in Southampton, starting August 13.