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Former captain Wasim Akram has reacted strongly to Pakistan's recent series loss to England, saying the real blame needs to be given to organisers, who are arranging tour of countries like Zimbabwe.
Pakistan were beaten 0-3 by a second-string England team in ODIs before losing 1-2 in T20Is, and last month. Despite winning the Test and T20I series in Harare, the team was given a stunning 19-run setback that shook the cricket world.
"I want to meet that genius who is organising tours of Zimbabwe. I want to offer him extra praise and say 'well done, you've done a great job'. It is not going to benefit us. It will only be helpful for them. Once in four years, I'm ok with that,” Akram said on ARY News.
“If you compare with India. Their one team is in Sri Lanka, another is in England. And they can raise another team. They improved their system 10 years ago. They invested money, brought in professionals,"
Akram who is part of the cricket committee to supervise the overall affairs of cricket in Pakistan opened up about how people have been sending him recommendations for selections. The former speedster stated that it feels embarrassing and requested the people to stop doing the same.
“Dear Pakistanis, please… I’m talking about the educated guys. Stop calling. Stop recommendations. This is the 21st century. Before selection, I get calls, ‘pick this player, pick that player.’ It’s a different thing if you want someone to have a look at a player, but to ask to pick that person is embarrassing,” Akram added.