The war between certain former cricketers in Pakistan spirals on and this time it was ex-Test opener Aamir Sohail who levied some grave allegations on the legendary Wasim Akram. Sohail cited Akram’s ‘captaincy drama’ as the reason behind the team not winning a single ICC World Cup post-1992 World Cup till 2003. Akram has now reacted to Sohail’s criticism, suggesting he gets depressed hearing such negative comments about him.
Sohail highlighted that there’s was always chaos in the Pakistan Cricket Board before the World Cups post the successful 1992 edition, where the chatter was to remove whosoever was in charge and put Wasim at the helm.
“It’s very simple. Put the 1992 World Cup to one side and talk about the 1996 World Cup. In 1995, Ramiz Raja was captain. Saleem Malik was the captain before that, he was very successful and if he could have spent one more year as captain then Wasim would not have been leading the side,” Aamir had said.
“If you look at what happened till 2003, there was this persistence before every World Cup to remove the captain and put Wasim Akram in that role,” the southpaw claimed.
Brushing off the criticism, Akram said that it’s rather sad that people are still using his name to bring attention to themselves despite the fact that he has retired from the sport for 17 years.
“I get depressed when I hear such negative things being said about me. I retired from cricket 17 years ago but people still take my name to further their own interests”, the iconic pacer was quoted as saying by a Pakistani journalist.