Imran Khan is one of the greatest cricketers to have ever played for Pakistan. It was under his captaincy, that Men in Green won the 1992 50-over World Cup and since then, it has been only an upward journey for the team. For the unversed, Khan celebrated his birthday on October 5, Wednesday.
No Pakistani cricketer came forward to wish him on his birthday. This surprised the cricketing fraternity and former Pakistani cricketer, Mohammad Asif, who took notice of this, broke his silence on Twitter.
Slamming the current cricketers, Asif questioned the intent of the cricketers and said that the players must have wished Khan on his birthday. Further, Asif suggested that the players must have kept politics aside and compared them to Indian cricketers.
"Surprised that no current cricketer wished birthday to Imran Khan. Put politics aside & think under his captaincy we won #WorldCup, he is role model, inspiration for countless players & hero of Pak. If Sachin or Kapil Dev's bd in India, can you imagine that no player wishes him?" Asif wrote on his Twitter account.
Here's the tweet:
Surprised that no current cricketer wished birthday to Imran Khan. Put politics aside & think under his captaincy we won #WorldCup, he is role model, inspiration for countless players & hero of Pak. If Sachin or Kapil Dev's bd in India, can you imagine that no player wishes him ?
— Muhammad Asif ▪️ (@MuhammadAsif26_) October 6, 2022
Pakistan middle order is not good: Shoaib Akhtar
Pakistan former speedster Akhtar said on his YouTube channel recently that Pakistan might bow out of the 20-20 World Cup 2022 in the first round. Further, the former cricketer highlighted the lack of experience in the middle order and said that it was not up to the par.
"Pakistan middle order is not good. Plus Pakistan’s openers if they don’t perform, middle order gets into pressure. This is not the way to go into a world cup if you want to win the world cup. It is very sad," Akhtar said on his YouTube channel.
"That’s why I had criticised Saqlain Mushtaq (Pakistan’s head coach) and others to get your middle order and batting order in order. Somehow, they are not listening. It’s very sad to see that Pakistan is not doing well. It’s disheartening," he said further.