Kamran Akmal warns Babar Azam, others ahead of Asia Cup

The former player believes every batter should play positively

By Web Desk
August 27, 2023
Kamran Akmal (right) has stated that Babar Azam (left) and other team players should take more responsibility — AFP

Former Pakistani wicketkeeper batter Kamran Akmal has warned Pakistan's skipper Babar Azam and others ahead of the Asia Cup 2023 while addressing the weaknesses in their batting lineup.

The Green Shirts recently played Afghanistan in the three-match ODI series in Sri Lanka which they won 3-0, but their struggle with the bat continued.

Pakistan registered a convincing 59-run victory in the third ODI as Azam and Mohammad Rizwan helped their side to put 268 on the scoreboard while batting first but they kept on losing wickets at intervals, which according to Akmal is a worrying sign.

Talking on his YouTube channel, Akram talked about Team Green's ongoing struggles with the bat and stated that the batters should have shown more responsibility.

“In modern-day cricket, every batsman has to play positive. If we can't score 300 against this team, can we do that when we face India in the Asia Cup? It becomes pretty difficult," Kamran said on his official YouTube channel.

"It was a good practice opportunity for Pakistan team, we got a chance in two games to bat first and put on a big score. The batters should've shown more responsibility."

Kamran made a point that the batters should have finished the game and it should not have come to the lower order to finish the target in the second ODI.

“Yes, you scored 300 in the second game. But batters should've finished the game. It was a lower-order who finished the run-chase for you. It's not a good sign for Pakistan team.”

Earlier on Saturday (August 26), Pakistan became the number-one team in the ODI rankings after completing a whitewash against Afghanistan.

Pakistan had also secured the top spot earlier this year, for the first time since the International Cricket Council officially recognised the rankings in 2005, after a series win over New Zealand.