Wasim Akram criticises Indian selectors, players

Wasim Akram said it has been a consistent year of losing for Indian cricket after winning the 2011 World Cup AFP

Kolkata: Apr 3, 2012

Terming India’s performance since the heady days of World Cup cricket victory in 2011 as a “consistent year of losing”, former Pakistan speedster Wasim Akram rapped the team selection and players’ fitness.

“It has been a consistent year of losing for Indian cricket,” Akram quipped when a scribe asked his reaction on India’s poor showing since the World Cup final win in Mumbai on this day last year.

Akram minced no words in pointing out what he felt were the maladies affecting Indian cricket.

“As far as team selection is concerned, it was never up to the mark. Against Australia, pacers Vinay Kumar and Ishant Sharma looked very ordinary,” said Akram.

Refering to coach Duncan Fletcher, he said: “A coach can devise a strategy, but it is upto the players to execute the plan on the ground. But that did not happen in India’s case”.