Former legendary Pakistan cricketer Wasim Akram said Pakistan's speedsters Naseem Shah, Haris Rauf, and Mohammad Wasim Jr need to get back to first-class cricket. He also talked about the shortest format and took a dig at Pakistan Super League and said if fast bowlers start to think that bowling only four overs can fetch them money their performance will get affected in the longer formats.
"If you get more money for playing only four overs, then this will be an easy decision. Naseem Shah, Haris Rauf, and Wasim Jr. should play first-class cricket. Apart from PSL, they must play 1-2 leagues in a year, but also in long format matches. Pay attention; if we had time, we would have played 4-day matches," Akram told Cricket Pakistan.
Foreign coaches will not come: Wasim Akram
The former left-arm pacer also opened up PCB's stance of roping in a foreign coach. Akram opined on the issue of foreign coaches refusing to come to Pakistan. After the takeover of the role of the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) chief by Najam Sethi, the management has seen an overhaul of some sort. He also stated that the side requires the services of a Pakistan-born coach instead of foreign coaches.
"If you had asked me, I would have told you that foreign coaches will not come; everyone is afraid that the contract will also end if the board changes. If you are not getting a foreign coach, get the services of a Pakistan, the reason for the decline in the performance graph of fast bowlers in T20 cricket," he said.
He also talked about the recent poor performance of Men in Green and said that the reason was fear of losing, he said that the team should not be afraid of the outcomes. He also talked about the pitches which are being used in Pakistan.
“The reason for this is the fear of losing. We have to lose and win, but we should not be afraid. I do not say that (prepare) Green Top pitches but must have a little bounce, batting for two days, should turn on the third and fourth day," said Akram.