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Legendary Pakistan left-arm seamer Wasim Akram has called on the national to stop dwelling on the Champions Trophy victory last year.
Pakistan beat India by 180 runs to win the Champions Trophy for the first time last June.
“These defeats will at least get Pakistan rid of their Champions Trophy nostalgia,” Akram was quoted as saying by CricTracker. “There is no relevance of the Champions Trophy win, which came one-and-half years ago. India’s main player Virat Kohli didn’t even come and God knows what would have happened had he been around.”
Akram heaped praise on India for their dominant performances in both matches.
“When we played India, they used to be under pressure,” he said. “Now, Pakistan experience what India used to in the 90s. There will be wins or losses but there should have been at least some fight.”
The 52-year-old also feels that Pakistan is gaining nothing useful out of playing lower-ranked teams like Zimbabwe.
“I played for Pakistan for 20 odd years. I never thought I would live to see this day. The way we got thrashed… one-sided games. We need to play less against the low-ranked sides,” he said. “I am all promotion of the game… one off it’s fine. But going to Zimbabwe, playing five one-days, three T20s. What is Pakistan team gaining from these tours? Nothing.
“They go and score runs there, hit double hundreds, but when they play good bowling, good teams, they come under pressure. We need to strengthen our team and play good teams in their home.”