Pakistan under pressure on the first day of the last Test of the series against Australia. After winning the toss and batting first, Babar Azmara suffered a batting disaster. Amer Jamal’s innings of 82 runs gave Pakistan 313 runs. Jamal scored 86 runs with Mir Hamza (7*) in the tenth wicket partnership.
Before this fight between the two pacers, the discussion about the main pacer of the team has accumulated. Left-arm pacer Shaheen Shah Afridi was rested in the last Test of the series. And two Pakistani legends Wasim Akram and Waqar Younis are stuck in it.
Shaheen Afridi did not do well in ODI World Cup. Afridi, who failed throughout the World Cup, was expected to return to the rhythm with the tour of Australia. The left-arm pacer was giving that impression by taking 8 wickets in the first two Tests of the series.
But the Pakistan team management has rested Afridi while getting back into rhythm. Wasim Akram reacted angrily to this.
Fox Cricket commentator Wasim Akram said, ‘After the Sydney Test, New Zealand have five T20Is, where Shaheen is the captain. But who cares about T20 cricket? I understand that it is for entertainment, for the financial gain of the board and the cricketers, but the cricketers have to understand that Test cricket is real. It is not a matter of management, it is Shaheen’s decision.’
Wasim Akram asked the question, what do the cricketers really want? To become a legend or to make money?, ‘Nobody remembers what happened in the T20 last night, but we talk about the Sydney Test 20 years ago, that’s the difference. They have to understand, learn, do they want to be cricket legends or millionaires? A little bit of head can be both at the same time.’
Another pace bowling legend who was surprised like Wasim was Walker Younis. Talking about giving Afridi rest, he said on Channel Seven, ‘We play cricket for Tests, not for T20s or ODIs. I can’t think of not playing test cricket for relaxation. I was very surprised because I was expecting him in this test. He looked good in the last test. It seemed like the old Shaheen Afridi was back. Ball was getting swing, speed was also increasing.’