Shoaib Akhtar finds flaws in Pakistan’s World Cup preparations

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Shoaib Akhtar, Babar Azam

All teams have begun preparations in full swing for the 2023 ODI World Cup, which begins on October 5 in India. The squads of almost all teams were also published. The Pakistan team is considered one of the favorite teams for the ODI World Cup in India. Pakistan’s bowling in particular is considered to be stronger than any other team in the tournament. Many people even say that the Pakistan team will be one of the four teams in the semifinals. In this series, former Pakistan fast bowler Shoaib Akhtar has pointed out a mistake in his own team’s preparation. He argued that the Pakistan team could have restricted India to less than 200 runs in the first match of the Asia Cup had this deficiency not been present.

Akhtar listed the shortcomings of the Pakistan team

Speaking at Star Sports’ virtual press conference, Rawalpindi Express first pointed out the deficiencies in the Indian team’s squad. He called himself Arshdeep Singh and spoke about the lack of an additional bowler. He then also pointed out the deficiencies in the Pakistan team squad. He said that the Pakistan team lacks a bowling all-rounder. Akhtar said that Pakistan were playing without a bowling all-rounder. He referred to the Asia Cup match and said that we could have defeated India within 200 runs. The team was missing a player like Abdul Razzaq who would help the team by providing breakthroughs and scoring some runs while batting.

There will be pressure on India

Shoaib Akhtar further said that pressure will be put on the Indian team during the World Cup. On the other hand, there is no pressure on the Pakistan team. He said that Pakistan will be completely alone in India. There is no pressure on him. At the same time, India will be under pressure to play as hosts in front of their own fans. While we will play better. All stadiums will be full and more than two billion people will watch it on television or on social media. Indian media will also put a lot of pressure on Pakistan. They have already declared India the winner. This pressure will be put on the Indian team before the game.

Questions about Team India combination

Shoaib Akhtar raised many questions about Team India’s planning and its combination. He said that a month before the World Cup, there is still no stagnation in the Indian team’s combination. For the last two years, India has not been able to make its final match selection. it’s so strange Their number four batsman has not yet been decided. Which number will Virat play, third, fourth or fifth? Ishan Kishan can play anywhere. In the end, he said that Team India’s bowling unit was stable but the batting combination was not stable at all.

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