“India Not Tees Maar Khan Either, Will Be Back Home Next Week”: Shoaib Akhtar
The T20 World Cup 2022 result on Thursday has the entire nation of Pakistan in a rage. Babar Azam & Co. lost to underdog Zimbabwe in Group 2 and are thus virtually eliminated from contention for the semi-finals. India and South Africa are still the two favourites to advance from Pakistan’s group. While lamenting the quality of Pakistan’s efforts in Australia, Akhtar also predicted that the Indian team will lose the event the following week in the semi-final round.
“It’s really disappointing. I have said this earlier that Pakistan will return home this week. India, too, will go back home after playing the semi-final as they too aren’t that good,” Akhtar said in a video on his YouTube channel.
He went on to add: “Maine pehle bhi kaha hai ki Pakistan iss haftah Pakistan waapas aa jayegi, aur agle hafte India bhi waapas aa jayegi semi-final khel ke. Vo bhi koi utne tees maar khan nahi hain (I had said it before that Pakistan will return home this week while India will be back next week, after playing the semi-final. They (India) aren’t a quality team either).”Akhtar laid criticism for the team’s performance in Australia on everyone—from captain Babar Azam to the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB). He even charged that the board had chosen “unworthy players.”
“Your performances are average. Enjoy, and keep selecting unworthy players. Don’t let in good people. I’m not talking about myself. The job can go to hell. I’m just worried that the country suffers because of this. Don’t bring cut-for-role people, who are disciplined and know how things work. You’ve ruined everything,” a furious Akhtar further said.
The outcome casts major doubt on Pakistan’s chances of making the T20 World Cup semi-final in 2022. Pakistan has three more games left and is currently ranked fifth in Group 2 despite not having a single victory to their credit. India, on the other hand, has triumphed in both of its opening matches.
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