Former Pakistan cricketer Wasim Akram was angry at the Asia Cup 2022 broadcasters before the start of the India vs Pakistan match on Sunday, August 28 at the Dubai International Cricket Stadium. The broadcasters displayed the wrong Pakistan playing XI on screen, which left Wasim Akram furious. He lashed at the broadcasters on air after the incident.
Team India won the toss and elected to bowl first. After the toss ceremony, Wasim Akram and Gautam Gambhir were on air analyzing the playing XIs. Wasim Akram was elated with Pakistan’s XI, or with what was told to him by batting coach Mohammad Yousuf before the toss. However, the broadcasters flashed the wrong XI, showing Hasan Ali over Shahnawaz Dahani.
Speaking on Star Sports analyzing Pakistan’s playing XI for the match, Wasim Akram said,
“I am very happy with the Pakistan XI. I wanted Shahnawaz Dahani…Hasan Ali is playing, Rauf is playing. I thought Dahani is playing, but obviously, he is not on the team. Guys are you sure this is the playing XI? Obviously, I was wrong. I was told by Yousuf that Dahani is playing. So if the batting coach does not know there is something wrong somewhere,” he said.
Later, TV Presenter Mayanti Langer told Wasim Akram that he was correct as the broadcasters erred while displaying the team. This irked the former pacer, who was furious at the broadcasters.
“Don’t keep me happy, keep that guy happy who is putting the wrong team out there guys. It’s a big game, it’s not a small mistake. It’s fine now,” said Akram.
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We are trying to give it our best: Babar Azam
The Pakistan cricket team went ahead with a combination of three pacers, two spinners, and Naseem Shah as the debutant against India. Skipper Babar Azam expressed that they would have also opted to bowl first after winning the toss. However, he expressed that they will try to give their best in the match.
“We would have also been bowling first, but this is not in our hands. We will look to make a big score and see. Three fast bowlers, two spinners, and a debut for Naseem Shah. There are a few new faces, and some old faces in that Indian team. We are trying to give it our best,” said Babar Azam.