Pakistan was way ahead of everyone else, Shoaib Akhtar on the talent the team possessed back in the day

Shoaib Akhtar said Pakistan was way ahead of everyone else in the talent department in the 1999 World Cup

Shoaib Akhtar: “No disrespect to anyone, but when you compare talent to talent, Pakistan was way ahead of anyone else”

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Legendary fast bowler Shoaib Akhtar said Pakistan was way ahead of everyone else in the talent department during the 1999 World Cup.

Recalling that particular tournament, the Rawalpindi Express said he was gutted that Pakistan lost in the final to Australia at Lord’s.

He noted that the men in green had “cruised through to the final”, but fell short in the most important match.

“We had cruised through to the final of the 1999 World Cup. No disrespect to anyone, but when you compare talent to talent, Pakistan was way ahead of anyone else,” he was quoted as saying by Cricwick.

He admitted that every time he goes to Lord’s, he remembers what transpired in that final.

“That bitter memory is still with me to date. It gives me nightmares. I still believe my inner core is left at Lord’s. Every time I went to Lord’s, I was never happy. Because I knew we lost the final here, we could have taken the victory lap,” he said.

“Some of me is left there, for good. I love that ground, the people, the atmosphere, but a painful part of my body is still standing there.”

Meanwhile, the Pakistan team recently played a three-match ODI series against the Netherlands and whitewashed them 3-0.

They will now participate in the Asia Cup, which will be played in the UAE from August 27 to September 11.

Pakistan squad for Asia Cup: Babar Azam (captain), Shadab Khan (vice-captain), Asif Ali, Fakhar Zaman, Haider Ali, Haris Rauf, Iftikhar Ahmed, Khushdil Shah, Mohammad Nawaz, Mohammad Rizwan (wicketkeeper), Mohammad Wasim Jnr, Naseem Shah, Shahnawaz Dahani, Usman Qadir

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