“Forget 360, can they play 180 degree shots?” – Wasim Akram blasts Pakistan batters on live TV after poor outing against England

Wasim Akram

Former Pakistan cricket team captain Wasim Akram has questioned the skill set of Pakistan cricket team’s current set of batters. He has asked the Pakistani batsmen whether they are capable of playing shots around the field or not. He cited the example of England batsman Ben Duckett for this and said that he doesn’t allow the opposition spin bowler to bowl on the same length.


May you be aware that in the sixth T20I match of the 7 match series, Pakistan suffered a humiliating defeat at the hands of England team. Chasing 170, the England batsmen devastated Pakistan’s bowling line-up and chased down the target with 33 balls to spare in their inning.

Meanwhile, former Pakistan cricket team pace bowler and captain Wasim Akram shot question towards Pakistan’s batting coach Mohammad Yousuf during a live broadcast on a TV show, “Forget 360, can Pakistan batters play 180 degree shots?”


Wasim Akram further said, “Ben Duckett doesn’t let the bowlers, especially the spinners settle when they come on to bowl. He plays shots everywhere. If I were playing against Pakistan, I would know where the batters would hit their shots. They are not versatile. No one even tries to do something out of the ordinary.”

Responding to Wasim’s question, Yusuf said, “I am trying consciously. I talk to Saqlain bhai (Pakistan head coach Saqlain Mushtaq) about this. When they play spinners, I stand behind and suggest our batsmen a number of different shots, play this shot at this ball, this at this.”

Talking about the series, after England’s win in the 6th T20I match of the series, the scoreline is currently level with 3 wins each for England and Pakistan. The series decider will now be played tonight, on the 2nd of October at the Gaddafi Stadium in Lahore. The winner of the match will also bag the series home.


Meanwhile, this series is a part of both the teams’ preparation for the T20 World Cup 2022 that starts with the round 1 on the 16th of October. However, Pakistan and England will make their first appearance only in the 2nd round, the Super 12 round with Pakistan taking on India on the 23rd October and England going-up against Afghanistan the previous day, 22nd October.

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