Friday, July 19, 2019 | ePaper
I hope Pakistan can repeat 1992 performance: Akram
Former Pakistan captain Wasim Akram has advised skipper Safaraz Ahmed not to tinker with the winning combination and go with an unchanged playing XI against New Zealand in their ICC World Cup match at Edgbaston on Wednesday (June 26).
Pakistan kept their hopes of reaching the semi-finals alive after registering a comfortable 49-run victory over South Africa on Sunday (June 23).
The former left-arm paceman also hoped for a repeat of 1992 World Cup performance when Pakistan had defeated the Black Caps - who were also unbeaten till that match - by seven wickets in the league stage tie in Christchurch.
"They were unbeaten in 1992 too before playing against us and we won the game, they're unbeaten again and I hope we repeat the show, but boys will have to give their best," Akram told Pakistan's Geo TV.
"There's no need to change the winning combination," he added.
However, Akram wants Pakistan to improve their fielding, especially their catching which has been very poor so far in the tournament. Pakistan has dropped as many as 14 catches in the six games they have played so far.
"We have dropped 14 catches in the tournament. We are top on the list of teams dropping most catches in the World Cup which isn't a good sign," Akram said.
"This isn't something new, but we need to overcome this problem," he added.