‘Indian T20 League need to…so they understand Bhook hoti kya hai’ – Wasim Akram Criticizes Team India Bowlers After World Cup Exit

By Daniel S

November 12, 2022

Pakistan sealed their place in the final after defeating the Kiwis on 9 November 2022. So, all eyes were on Team India when they took on England on 10 November in Adelaide. Every fan was waiting for India to get qualified. But, team India failed as England defeated them by 10 wickets.

It was another heart breaking moment for the Indian players and fans. After such a humiliating loss, all fans and former players came up to criticize the overall performance of Rohit Sharma and his men. Now, the former Pakistan player, Wasim Akram came up with a huge claim to the Indian Cricket Board regarding their bowlers’ performances.

“I think Indian T20 League need to have a pay cap for young players” – Wasim Akram on team India

While speaking on A Sports, Wasim Akram said that the Indian T20 League need to have a pay cap for young players to help them remaining the hunger. Wasim Akram said: “Something I noted about Indian bowlers during Asia Cup. They drop pace post-Indian T20 League. For instance, Avesh Khan was bowling consistently at 145kmph but after one season of the Indian T20 League. They play the pace drops to 130-135 kmph. So the Board needs to check the reason behind that because he got paid some 12-13 crore Indian money.” 

“I think Indian T20 League need to have a pay cap for young players so that they understand bhook hoti kya hai, what it feels to be hungry. If I was earning ₹24 crore a month in Pakistan, then I don’t think I will work that hard once my job is done. The culture we come from, hum khud ko dheela chhod dete hai.” Wasim Akram added.

Waqar Younis was also there during that discussion. “I don’t know exactly why they are dropping pace but when I used to play and then worked as a coach,” he said. “I always emphasized on bowling quickly. If you are quick then bowl quickly, that’s what Wasim and I did throughout our careers. If you have pace, you learn the other bits. But if you slow it down and swing the ball, then somewhere T20 cricket and modern-day coaching are at fault for that. I don’t know what’s being taught in the Indian camp but pace matters.” the former Pakistani pacer concluded.