Karachi, Feb 26 : The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) has decided not to bank on 'busy' former pace bowling icon Wasim Akram for help during the ongoing World Cup.
It was reportedly revealed that the PCB avoid contacting Akram though the latter had expressed his desire to lend a helping hand to the Pakistan team, which has struggled to find pace in the ongoing tournament having lost both of its matches in the current World Cup.
Karachi, Feb 25 : Former Pakistan pace bowler Aaqib Javed believes that exclusion of specialist wicketkeeper-batsman Sarfraz Ahmed from the playing XI in the first two World Cup ties would have shaken his confidence.
Pakistan suffered a humiliating 150-run defeat against the West Indies at Hagley Oval on Saturday after Misbah's men were thrashed by defending champions India in their opening game last week.
Karachi, Feb 25 - Former Pakistan Test cricketer and chief selector Salahuddin Ahmed Sallu has backed skipper Misbah-ul-Haq to stage a strong comeback after his team incurred two back-to-back World Cup defeats against India and the West Indies.
Lauding Misbah for his open admission about Pakistan's failure, Sallu said that he felt Misbah had made a sensible statement about the team performance where he had not tried hiding behind excuses, the Dawn reported.
Karachi, Feb 25 - Former Pakistan Test skipper Rameez Raja has requested veteran batsman Younis Khan to leave Misbah-ul-Haq's beleaguered World Cup side following back-to-back debacles against India and West Indies.
Pakistan lost their World Cup opener against arch-rivals India by 76 runs in Adelaide last week, before Misbah's men were thrashed by massive 150 runs by the West Indies on Saturday.
Younis hasn't been able to justify his World Cup selection as he could only score six runs against India and was dismissed for a duck against the West Indies.
Karachi, Feb 24 : An ardent Chicago based Pakistani cricket fan has admitted that he would leave no stone unturned in terms of supporting Indian skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni to retain the World Cup title.
Mohammad Bashir, who replaced 'Chacha Cricket' as the unofficial mascot for the Pakistani team, is widely recognized for supporting Pakistan almost everywhere they play.
Bashir, who runs a restaurant in Chicago, said that at the 2014 World T20, he could not get any tickets for any of the matches, so Dhoni arranged a complimentary ticket of the final for him.
Karachi: Pakistan's former captain and fast bowling great Wasim Akram has advised the national team management to not involve the players in long meetings/discussions or training sessions ahead of their crucial World Cup match against Zimbabwe.
"All these long meetings and discussions and hard training will do no good. The best thing now is to allow the players to relax for the next few days and let them come back fresh for their next match," Akram said on Geo News channel.
He said the Pakistani players needed to relax and unwind after the defeats to India and West Indies.
Karachi, Feb 23 : Following Pakistan's recent World Cup woes, all-rounder Yasir Arafat has claimed that the coach cannot do everything for the players in the squad.
Pakistan has started their World Cup campaign on a bad note, losing both of their opening games in the tournament. They lost the first match to archrivals India, followed by a humiliating loss to the West Indies in the second.
Karachi, Feb 23 : Acknowledging Pakistan's humiliating defeats in the World Cup, Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB)'s Executive Committee chairman Najam Sethi has told fans to not have high expectations from the squad's performance in the tournament.
Coming to the team's defence, the former chairman said that this was the same team, which had won Pakistan many Twenty20 matches.
Outlining reasons for the team's loss, Sethi said that the Pakistan team played less international matches than the other countries participating in the game's biggest competition, The Dawn reported.
Karachi, Feb 23 : The Pakistan team management has decided to call off their practice session in Brisbane to have 'emergency meetings' with the squad members in order to instill a 'do-or-die' mentality in the team.
The officials feel that every match is almost a knockout tie for Pakistan in the World Cup now.
Pakistan lost both its Pool B matches so far, the first against archrivals India followed by a humiliating loss to the West Indies in the second.
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