'That was 4 years in the past man' – Wasim Akram warns Iftikhar Ahmed to to not get carried away

Iftikhar Ahmed. (Photograph Supply: Twitter)

Pakistan’s preparations for the upcoming 2022 T20 World Cup are going nicely as anticipated. The loss within the remaining of the 2022 Asia Cup and the T20I collection defeat towards England at house have exploited a couple of points within the present squad, which should be addressed earlier than the beginning of the World Cup in Australia.

The largest problem they’re dealing with is the shortage of consistency from the middle-order batters. Openers Babar Azam and Mohammad Rizwan have been carrying Pakistan’s batting unit for a very long time now however the likes of Shan Masood, Asif Ali, Khushdil Shah, and Mohammad Nawaz should be constant in T20Is. Iftikhar Ahmed has additionally struggled for the large knocks these days with solely 99 runs at a poor strike fee of 132.00 within the seven-match collection towards England.

However the 32-year-old big-hitter is feeling the arrogance for the mega event and not too long ago claimed that he won’t face any downside hitting massive sixes on Australian pitches. Iftikhar additionally said that his expertise of taking part in there’ll profit him within the World Cup. Iftikhar has performed three T20I matches in Australia the place he has scored 108 runs at a powerful strike fee of 150.

“The situations in Australia and New Zealand shall be totally different; we are able to play nicely in Australian situations, I’ve expertise taking part in there, which is able to profit me. Hitting sixes in massive Australian grounds will not be an issue,” Iftikhar stated.

This can be a totally different ball sport, a World Cup: Wasim Akram

However reacting to the participant’s assertion, Wasim Akram has stated that no matter Iftikhar has finished on the Australian pitches, that was 3-4 years in the past. He additionally identified that his massive performances got here in a bilateral collection and towards a single opponent, which won’t be the case within the T20 World Cup.

“I learn Iftikhar’s assertion the place he stated that ‘Pitches in Australia have bounce so it is going to be simpler for him. Perhaps his method is such, perhaps not. However no matter he scored, that was 3-4 years in the past. In order that he was named the Participant of the Match and Participant of the Sequence in Australia, that was 4 years in the past man. This can be a totally different ball sport, a World Cup. You will not be up towards one crew however loads of them. For his confidence, he positive does warrant a spot within the Taking part in XI. He provides you with a couple of overs and he can in fact bat,” Wasim Akram stated whereas speaking on A Sports activities.