Former Pakistan batsman Aamir Sohail has come up with a shocking claim accusing the iconic Wasim Akram of not letting his nation win any World Cup after the 1992 edition.
The cricket fraternity would remember the legendary Akram for revolutionising the gentlemen’s game with his intense combination of pace and swing. Considered as one of the greatest left-arm speed merchants the gentlemen’s game has ever seen, the Pakistan veteran was also one of the founders of the reverse-swing and his fondly remembered for bowling the crucial spell against England in the 1992 World Cup that helped Pakistan taste World Cup glory for the first time in their illustrious cricketing history.
An ICC Cricket Hall of Famer and flagbearer of pace bowling, there is no denying that Akram is one of the greatest bowlers of all time and his legacy remains unparalleled in Pakistan cricket. For a player who rescued Pakistan on multiple occasions, it wont be easy to recall when Akram let down the Pakistani fans and his peers while donning the national jersey. However, his former teammate and fellow icon Aamir Sohail has made a shocking revelation about the legendary speed merchant.
According to fellow pundit and commentator Aamir Sohail, the biggest contribution from Akram for Pakistan cricket was that never let the greens lift the World Cup after their 1992 triumph
“It’s very simple. Put the 92 World Cup to one side and talk about the 1996 World Cup. In 1995 Ramiz Raja was captain. Saleem Malik was the captain before that, he was very successful and if he could have spent one more year as captain then Wasim Akram would not have been leading the side,” said Sohail during an interview with a local channel.
“If you look at what happened till 2003, there was this persistence before every World Cup to remove the captain and put Wasim Akram in that role,” he added.
Sohail stressed that if Akram had remained ‘sincere’, the men in green would’ve been champions in each of the 1996, 1999 and 2003 World Cup editions.
After the famous 1992 victory, Pakistan came close to lifting the famous trophy for the 2nd time, when they faced Australia in 1999 final. The men in green were completely outclassed by the Aussies in what turned out to be a one-sided clash.
“Look, the biggest contribution by Wasim Akram for Pakistan cricket was making sure Pakistan does not win a World Cup after 92. Imran Khan should be very grateful to him and he is by awarding him the presidential award. If he [Akram] was sincere with Pakistan, we would have easily won the 96, 99 and 2003 World Cups. All of this drama happened for a reason. This should be investigated. The culprit behind all this should be brought to the forefront,” Sohail concluded.