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Kamran Akmal’s Take on Pakistan’s Ability to Field More Than One Team
Former wicketkeeper-batsman Kamran Akmal stated that Pakistan cannot even contemplate fielding multiple teams like India does. He candidly added that the team does not have a complete roster to begin with.
India has been rotating 2-3 teams in recent years to give opportunities to upcoming talent and rest senior players. However, this tactic received criticism after India’s early exit from the T20 World Cup with a 10-wicket loss to eventual champions England.
Kamran Akmal’s View:
When asked if Pakistan can field two teams, Akmal replied that the country could have easily done so before the 2018-19 season. He said, “Firstly, you need to complete your first team.” Adding, “You could’ve made 2-3 teams before 2018-19. Domestic cricket and department cricket were rich in Pakistan.”
He also pointed out that the success of multiple teams is questionable, citing the comeback of Fawad Alam after many years.
Despite being a formidable T20I side, reaching the finals of the Asia Cup and T20 World Cup, Pakistan struggled in red-ball cricket, losing consecutive series against Australia and England. The 0-3 loss to England exposed the team’s weak pace attack due to the absence of Shaheen Afridi. Despite a hard-fought draw against New Zealand in the Test series, their batting faltered in the ODI series resulting in a 1-2 loss.
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