Wasim  Akram © Getty Images (File Photo)
Wasim Akram feels that England get affected by losing in ODIs © Getty Images (File Photo)

Sep 5, 2014

Former Pakistan captain Wasim Akram feels that lack of Indian Premier League (IPL) experience is the reason behind England’s struggle in the shorter formats of the game. He stated this after Ian Botham have made a comment on IPL saying that the tournament should be scrapped.

England were thwarted by Australia at the beginning of the year where they lost 4-1. Then again in they lost to Sri Lanka too in their backyard in June, 2014, reported the official IBNLive website.

The critics and the former players have thrashed the selectors and their strategies and they also felt that the English team only bothers about Test cricket.

Akram said to Times of India on Friday, “England may pretend as much as they can, but they do get affected by losses in ODI cricket.”

Akram stated, “They just pretend to be not interested in the 50-over format. The only reason they are not good in one-day cricket right now is because they have a limited talent pool for the format.”

He further added, “Australia, India and South Africa play all year around in the shorter formats. Also all these players play IPL. England used to have a few players in IPL, but even that has stopped. That is the reason why they are struggling big time in the shorter formats.”

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