The eighth edition of the 20-20 World Cup kicked off on 16 October 2022. Currently, all qualifiers are being played as the “Super 12” stage will start on 22 October. Meanwhile, for detailed analysis of matches in the World Cup, “A Sports” channel started a program named “The Pavillion.”
Former players like Wasim Akram, Shoaib Malik, Waqar Younis, and Misbah-ul-Haq were seen in that program during the post-match analysis of Zimbabwe against Ireland. On the same day, West Indies also played against Scotland. But, during that live show, Wasim Akram came up with some controversial racial comments on the West Indies skipper, Nicholas Pooran which made the video viral.
Here is the shared video:
After all the cricket he has played around the world, all the commentary he has done around the world, the kind of big name he is in world cricket, @wasimakramlive still can't get the racist out of him. This is extremely poor and in bad taste.pic.twitter.com/c3nXwrzngh
— Hassan Cheema (@Gotoxytop1) October 18, 2022
Wasim Akram is not a part of this World Cup as a commentator
Speaking of the video, all those experts were talking about the notes of Mark Watt of Scotland. He was seen with some notes while bowling to West Indies. Regarding that, Shoaib Malik said that Nicholas Pooran’s name or their game plan might be there as Watt was bowling to him at that time.
In response to that, Wasim Akram said: “Humme Pooran najar nahi aata toh uska naam kaha sein najar ayega.” (“We can not seen Pooran properly. So, how can we even see his name?”) Listening to that, the host burst out into laughter. But, some fans did not like such a comment from a legend like Wasim Akram. They shared their views on social media platforms by sharing the video. Meanwhile, in this ongoing World Cup, Wasim Akram is not a part of the selected commentator panel.
Speaking about the qualifiers on 17 October 2022, Scotland managed another upset in the ongoing World Cup. They defeated West Indies by 42 runs. In the other match, Zimbabwe defeated Ireland by 31 runs. With the loss against Scotland, West Indies might feel the heat now to get qualified for the “Super 12” stage. West Indies will play Zimbabwe next on 19 October in Hobart.