ISLAMABAD: Rawalpindi Express Shoaib Akhtar feels it would take a 1992 type effort for Pakistan to win the 2015 World Cup saying currently skipper Misbah-ul-Haq is struggling for form and tactically lacking.
Shoaib said our batsmen don’t know how to build an innings, how to stay at the wicket whilst rotating the strike and keeping the scoreboard ticking over.
“Another problem seems to be that our batsmen get into a rut and find it difficult to increase the run rate when required, more often than not if they try to increase the pace they get out to a loose shot,” he told Pakpassion.net.
Talking about the World Cup to be held in Australia and New Zealand, Shoaib said “we previously won a World Cup in Australia and New Zealand in 1992 because the captain’s thinking was out of the box and the planning was clear to all.”
“He was the inspiration and despite some of the players being new to international cricket and others not in the best of form Pakistan achieved glory.
The current Pakistan team is going to have to play out of their skins to win the World Cup,” he said.
Shoaib said the methods Pakistan is using are out-dated, the defensive approach will backfire in New Zealand and Australia and things could go horribly wrong if Pakistan isn’t careful.
Pakistan will be playing Australia in October in the UAE and will be hosting New Zealand after that. Shoaib said with Saeed Ajmal looking unlikely to play, the onus falls on Mohammad Irfan to lead the attack.
“Irfan will be the bowler that will have to lead the attack,” he said.
Speaking about Umar Akmal and Ahmed Shahzad, Shoaib said their performances are not consistent. “They have been playing international cricket for many years, if I was the captain and they weren’t performing I would have dropped them,” he said adding they need a wake-up call.
Shoaib said Umar Amin is a cricketer who the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) should invest in for the long run as one day he will be a great cricketer.
“The Board should invest in Umar Amin as he wants to do well and would be a good investment,” he said.