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Pakistan cricket is 10 years behind other major nations - Wasim Akram

Pakistan cricket is 10 years behind other major nations - Wasim Akram
Akram has stated that he is always willing to help Pakistan cricket.
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Former Pakistan captain and legendary pacer Wasim Akram has criticized his country's cricket system for falling behind other major cricket nations by 10 years.

Since the 2009 terrorist attacks on the Sri Lankan team in Pakistan, no international cricket team has toured Pakistan except the short series against Zimbabwe last year.

While stating that he is always willing to help Pakistan cricket, Akram reacted to allegations that a few members of the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) are against him as they don’t want to see the betterment of the current situation.

“I am always willing to help out Pakistan cricket and do my best to improve things.

“But if someone doesn’t want this it means they don’t want to see improvement in our cricket.

“We need to upgrade and modernize our cricket system because at this time we are 10 years behind the other big nations.”

Revealing that he met the chairman of the PCB for a short while in Kolkata during the ongoing ICC World T20, Akram finds the opposition to his involvement surprising.

“If some member (s) don’t want the Chairman to consult me or seek my advice on appointment of a new coach why is this, I think it is because they don’t want to see anything improve in our cricket,” Akram told Geo News channel.

“I met with the Chairman for a short while at the Kolkata airport and that is all.

“But now I hear about this resistance to me being involved in Pakistan cricket.”

It was reported by Press Trust of India (PTI) that Shakil Sheikh, a senior member of the Board of Governors and the head of the cricket committee has opposed the involvement of Akram and Rameez Raja.

PTI further reported that Sheikh’s resistance against Akram and Raja was due to the fact that they have criticised the PCB in the past.

Earlier this month, Khan stated that the PCB will appoint a new captain in the Twenty20 International format while also hinting that the board was looking at appointing a new coach after Waqar Younis’ term ends in June. 

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