'Wasim Under Fire: Ex-Players Criticize Pakistan's T20 Defeat to India'

Former skipper Salim Malik has criticized Imad Wasim for wasting balls in Pakistan’s six-run loss to India in the T20 World Cup. Other former cricketers Shahid Afridi and Shoaib Akhtar also shared their concerns, pointing to issues within the team and captaincy as reasons for the defeat.

PTI | Karachi | Updated: 10-06-2024 11:27 IST | Created: 10-06-2024 11:27 IST
'Wasim Under Fire: Ex-Players Criticize Pakistan's T20 Defeat to India'
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Former skipper Salim Malik has leveled serious accusations against Imad Wasim, claiming the player deliberately wasted balls during Pakistan's crucial six-run loss to India in the T20 World Cup held in New York.

The Pakistan team, chasing a modest 120-run target, found themselves restricted to 113 for 7, consuming a staggering 59 dot balls. Wasim, who took 23 balls to score just 15 runs, came under intense scrutiny.

"You look at his (Wasim) innings and it appears as if he was wasting balls, not scoring runs and making things difficult in the run-chase," Malik stated on 24 News channel.

Adding to the chorus of criticism, former captain Shahid Afridi hinted at internal discord, mentioning some players' issues with current skipper Babar Azam. "A captain can either spoil or build the team environment. Let this World Cup finish, and I will speak openly," Afridi said.

Shoaib Akhtar was equally scathing, questioning if Pakistan deserved a place in the Super Eight stage at all. "The whole nation is down and out. Morale is down. Somehow you have to show intent to win. Do Pakistan deserve to be out of Super Eight? God knows," Akhtar lamented on social media platform 'X', formerly known as Twitter.

The situation intensifies as Pakistan faces a climb to salvage their Super Eight hopes, needing big wins against Canada and Ireland, while hoping other results go in their favor.

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