Wasim Akram, the former Pakistan cricketer, criticised the Pakistan team’s leadership. He emphasised the squad’s support staff’s shortcomings by claiming that Mickey Arthur, the team director for Pakistan, is staying in Derbyshire and tweeting regarding the County Cricket Championship rather than staying in Sri Lanka during a crucial competition.
Pakistan is under extreme strain as the tides suddenly turn against them in the upcoming Asia Cup 2023. They were in control of the competition at one point, but their devastating loss to India during the Super Four stage has left them on the brink.
Pakistan lost against India by a massive score of 228 runs, which significantly impacted their NRR and caused them to sit third on the league standings at the brink of elimination from the tournament itself.
Following this, the management of the Pakistani squad has come under intense criticism. especially Mickey Arthur, the Pakistani team’s director. The team’s former head coach is presently the head coach of the county team Derbyshire and has not travelled with the squad.
Wasim Akram, on the other hand, didn’t like this and claimed that Mickey Arthur ought to have been on the team for the Asia Cup 2023 during a debate on Star Sports. He said, “Our team director is in Derbyshire and tweeting about county games instead of being here with the Pakistani team in the Asia Cup.”
Pakistan hope to beat Sri Lanka in order to reach Asia Cup 2023 final
The 2023 Asia Cup presents a do-or-die situation for the Pakistan team. They are going to be eliminated if they lose to Sri Lanka today at the R. Premadasa stadium in Colombo. They would go to the final, where they would play India, with a victory in this game.
Pakistan made five changes to their playing XI following the defeat to India in their crucial match against Sri Lanka. Agha Salman, Faheem Ashraf, and Fakhar Zaman have all been dropped from the team. While Haris Rauf and Naseem Shah, who were injured, have been replaced by Zaman Khan as well as Mohammad Wasim Jr.
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Wasim Akram said, "our team director is in Derbyshire and tweeting about county games instead of being here with the Pakistani team in the Asia cup". pic.twitter.com/Bm3mT4nq7N
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