Wasim Akram: Pakistan lost a golden opportunity to win the match

This article was last updated on April 16, 2022

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Former Pakistani fast bowler and Captain Wasim Akram has lashed out at the Pakistan team management and players for drawing first test match against Sri Lanka from a winning position.

The Pakistan team led the Sri Lanka team by 314 runs after the first innings, but a slugging performance coupled with many drop catches allowed Sri Lanka to recover and claim a well deserved draw.

Wasim Akram said “Nowadays, the way cricket is played, it was not impossible to achieve the target set by Sri Lanka. A Test win is a big thing and I thought we lost a golden opportunity to win the match,”

Wasim, while talking about the final-day game of the first Test, said that the team management should have advised the first three or four batsmen to take up an aggressive approach.

“Even if we had lost three or four wickets, we could have settled for a draw. We closed shop very early. I said before the series that our bowlers have the capability of taking 20 Sri Lankan wickets, while the Islanders do not have the bowlers to do so, especially after the retirement of Muttiah Muralitharan and the absence of Lasith Malinga,”

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