Edited By Arun Kumar | IANS | Updated: 23 Jul 2020, 02:59:00 PM IST
Former Pakistan opener Aamir Sohail feels that the Pakistan team captained by Wasim Akram in the 1999 World Cup 1999 played like a local team throughout the tournament. However, Pakistan team reached the final and in this title match, batting first, was piled up for just 132 runs.
This goal was easily achieved by Australia. Sohail said on his YouTube channel, 'According to my cricketing experience and test, I can say that we played the entire World Cup like a local team. We had one lineup in one match and another in another match where batting order was changed.
Sohail, who captained the team in 6 Tests and 22 ODIs from 1996 to 1998, said that the team management made a mistake by taking Shahid Afridi as the opener because as an all-rounder, he could neither bowl when needed. Could not find nor bat.
He said, 'Unfortunately he chose Afridi. He has the ability to beat the bowlers on a flat, low bounce pitch and put them under pressure, but it was a big gamble in a challenging situation. He could neither bat nor bowl. If I were the captain instead of Akram, I would have fed Mohammad Yusuf. Afridi was able to score only 93 runs in 7 innings of that World Cup.