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Legendary left-arm seamer Wasim Akram has expressed his anger towards Pakistan’s team management for dropping pace bowler Mohammad Abbas for the first Test against Australia.
Abbas, who is currently ranked 12th on the Test bowler rankings, was left out of the playing XI in favour of fellow seamer Imran Khan.
Abbas has enjoyed a superb start to his Test career so far as he has taken 66 wickets in 14 Tests at an average of 18.86.
Furthermore, in October last year, Abbas tormented the Australian batsmen in a two-Test series in the United Arab Emirates as he took 17 wickets at an incredible average of 10.58.
Imran, on the other hand, last played Test cricket in January 2017. In the nine Tests he has played, he has taken 28 wickets at an average of 30.14.
However, he did take a five-wicket haul on the second day of Pakistan’s practice match against Australia A.
“They say his pace has declined, but at least he would’ve given you 25 overs wicket-to-wicket,” Akram was quoted as saying by PakPassion.
“They picked Imran on present form, but those five wickets were in a day-night match with a pink ball.”