Stop being reckless, Akhtar says 20-year-old Pakistan player needs to learn to control his firepower

Shoaib Akhtar told Haider Ali to stop being so reckless

Shoaib Akhtar: “Look at Haider Ali, he smacked a six and tried to repeat his shot rather than placing the ball into gaps or play a different shot like down the group or on the up”

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Iconic Pakistan fast bowler Shoaib Akhtar has lashed out at batsman Haider Ali, telling him to stop being so reckless when at the crease.

Akhtar’s comments come after Haider’s performance in the second T20 International against New Zealand on Sunday, which Pakistan lost by nine wickets.

The 20-year-old hit a six off the bowling of New Zealand seamer Tim Southee in the second over and continued trying to attack him the next ball.

On the ball after that, he was caught by Black Caps captain Kane Williamson at mid-off after trying to play another attacking shot.

Akhtar was less than impressed with Haider’s overly attacking mentality and said he should have instead looked to play the ball along the ground and rotate the strike.

“Even if someone has told you to play attacking cricket, it does not mean that you go out and play reckless shots,” he told PTV Sports as quoted by Cricket Pakistan.

“Look at Haider Ali, he smacked a six and tried to repeat his shot rather than placing the ball into gaps or play a different shot like down the group or on the up.”

The third T20 International will be held in Napier on Tuesday.

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