“Going to be badly beaten…”: Former Pakistani star’s dire warning ahead of Cricket World Cup 2023


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File photo of Pakistan cricket team captain Babar Azam.© AFP

Pakistan did not fare well in the Asia Cup 2023 as the Babar Azam-led side failed to reach the final after two defeats in the Super 4 stage. While the defeat against Sri Lanka came after a close contest that was decided on the last ball, India completely outplayed them and defeated them by 228 runs. It was a disappointing batting and bowling performance from the team and former Pakistan cricketer Kamran Akmal believes that if they do not change their mindset before the Cricket World Cup 2023, they will be considered “bad” by other teams and especially rivals India. Can be beaten like that.

“Mohammed Shami is on the bench, he does not play in this eleven. This shows that this is a complete bowling unit. Virat Kohli, Rohit Sharma are in form, Shubman Gill has scored a century recently, so this looks to be a solid batting unit. “I would just say that there needs to be a really good plan to put the Pakistan team under pressure for the match on October 14,” Kamran said on his official YouTube channel.

“If they play with the same mentality as in the Asia Cup, and the way we have played for the last three years, they will be beaten badly. They need to prepare really well.”

Meanwhile, Pakistan legends Javed Miandad and Misbah Ul Haq on Tuesday defended Babar Azam, saying that the captain should not be directly blamed for the poor performance.

Speaking to the media, both Miandad and Misbah advised the country’s cricket officials not to press the panic button. “Why blame just Babar Azam when the rest of the team did not perform well in the Asia Cup matches against India and Sri Lanka,” Miandad said.

Both the veterans, who have played the World Cup in India, advised the players not to let the thought of playing in this mega-event in India affect them psychologically.

“Look, our team is not as bad as it was in the Asia Cup. It has a lot of potential to do well in the World Cup. The only thing is how quickly our players adapt to Indian conditions and in front of big crowds and Adapting to play in Indian conditions.” The country where he will face some hostility,” Miandad said.

(With PTI inputs)

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