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Pakistan wicketkeeper-batsman Kamran Akmal has admitted that the national team are just not good enough to beat the top sides in the world.
Given the way they were easily beaten by Australia, India and the West Indies, Akmal feels as if Pakistan didn’t have a gameplan going into the World Cup and failed to get accustomed to the conditions in England, even though they were in the country for a month before the World Cup began and played limited overs series against England that consisted of a one-off Twenty20 International and five ODIs.
“The Pakistan team, like I predicted long ago, is not capable of beating the top sides,” Akmal told The Nation. “The team selection was highly questionable and to make things worse, no gameplan and no preparation was witnessed.
“Nobody noticed that the Pakistan team was in England for the last one month or so, much earlier than any other team with only the exception of the hosts. So, they should have adjusted to the conditions better than the rest, but the team management, chief selector and PCB (Pakistan Cricket Board) kept on with their self-styled polices and kept on making changes and never let any player settle down well, which resulted in the Pakistan team’s failure against the top sides.”
Pakistan’s next World Cup match will be against South Africa at Lord’s on Sunday.