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Veteran Pakistan fast bowler Wasim Akram has urged the Pakistan cricket fans to show support in the time of hurdles as the New Zealand and England team pulled out of Pakistan tour.
New Zealand were touring Pakistan for the first time in 18 years to play a white-ball series but the tourist called off the tour citing security threat minutes before the start of the series opener. Later, England announced they will not be sending their men's and women's teams to the country.
"I know you're all very disappointed with New Zealand and England when they cancelled their tours. Especially, New Zealand, for cancelling it at the last moment. I am equally disappointed, equally down and equally sad. But life has to go on. Like our chairman Ramiz Raja said, support Pakistan. The team they have picked for the World Cup, let's support them for once," Akram said in a video shared by Cricket Pakistan.
Akram also urged the Pakistan captain Babar Azam and others to give their best in the upcoming T2O World Cup. He believes if Pakistan can do well in the World Cup, other nations will run behind them.
"We will criticize them later if the need arises and will figure out solutions too. But right now, we all need to come together as a unit and support our team. If teams don't want to come, let them not. But if our side performs well, teams all around the world will run behind Pakistan. So all the best, Pakistan team. We are all behind you," said Akram.
Pakistan have been placed in the same group as India and New Zealand in the group stage. The Men in Green will open their campaign against arch-rivals India on October 24.