Sunday Aug 04, 2019
Legendary pacer Wasim Akram reportedly grilled captain Sarfaraz Ahmed on Friday over the Pakistan captain’s controversial decision to field first in the World Cup 2019 fixtures against India, Daily Jang reported.
According to the Urdu newspaper, Akram, during Friday’s meeting of the Pakistan Cricket Board’s cricket committee in Lahore, purportedly asked Sarfaraz to explain why he did not choose to bat first.
Akram, who is a part of the committee tasked with reviewing the team’s performance at the tournament, was out of country but posed the pointed question to the skipper over the phone.
According to Jang reporter Abdul Majid Bhatti, he even told Sarfaraz that he could have called him for advice, if he wasn’t sure what decision to make.
Sarfaraz was reportedly perplexed at the question framed by Akram, who endorsed Prime Minister Imran Khan’s suggestion during the interaction.
It is pertinent to mention here that the prime minister had recommended that the national team bat first against India. They did not, and ended up losing to the arch-rivals in what turned into another lop-sided encounter.