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Legendary Pakistan left-arm seamer Wasim Akram advised captain Sarfraz Ahmed to “express himself” and play “fearless cricket” ahead of the national team’s World Cup clash against New Zealand on Wednesday.
Sarfraz has not been at his best with the bat in the tournament as he has scored 117 runs in five matches, which includes a fifty, at an average of 29.25.
With Pakistan needing to beat New Zealand, who are undefeated in the World Cup, in order to keep their hopes of qualifying for the semi-finals alive, Akram urged Sarfraz not to think about the pressure and play freely.
“My advice to Sarfraz Ahmed is that he should go there and express himself, everyone is behind him, he must play fearless cricket,” Akram told The News International.
New Zealand have currently won five out of their six games, while their match against India was washed out without a single ball being bowled.
As for Pakistan, they have only won two out of their six games, which is why they face an uphill battle to reach the last four.