Pakistan should not play quarters in India, says Wasim

KARACHI: Pakistan captain Shahid Afridi is right in saying that the team should top the group to avoid playing its quarterfinal match in India, feels former skipper Wasim Akram. “I agree with what Afridi and coach Waqar Younis have said that they would not like to play their quarterfinal in India,” Wasim said from Colombo. The former fast bowling great pointed out that it would be better for Pakistan to play their quarterfinal in Sri Lanka or then in Bangladesh. “In these two countries Pakistan will get a lot of support and many Pakistani supporters will find it easier to reach these countries to back their team compared to India,” Wasim said. He said there was always extra pressure playing in India for Pakistan players and that was why they were looking at remaining in Sri Lanka for their quarterfinal. “But I don’t think it will be a problem playing their semifinal or final in India because by that time the team would have played a knockout match and would be over their nerves,” he added.

Wasim also advised the Pakistan team to avoid giving too many statements in the media. “I think their main focus should be on cricket you don’t need to discuss everything in the media. There should be an element of secrecy about which team you are playing or if any player is unfit. No need to discuss everything in the press,” he said. Pakistan’s former captain Imran Khan also backed the policy of players giving minimum statements in the press. “It also depends on who is speaking because when you come into the media you must be able to express your thoughts clearly many times I have seen that cricketers have landed up in trouble because what they wanted to say and what they eventually said was not the same thing,” Imran stated.