Former Pakistan pacer Wasim Akram advised Wahab Riaz and Mohammad Hafeez to not hold press conferences frequently. Akram advised the duo of former cricketers to be brave with their decisions and stick to their plans.
Wasim Akram requested the PCB (Pakistan Cricket Board) a chance to the current team management by proving themselves at least for a year.
Following the flop show of the 2023 World Cup, the PCB has made plenty of modifications to the Pakistan cricket team including the skipper. Babar Azam stepped down as the skipper across all formats leading to Shan Masood as the test skipper and Shaheen Afridi as the T20I captain.
Similarly, the PCB roped the Pakistan former pace bowler Wahab Riaz as the national chief selector. Moreover, the role of head coach and team director was integrated for the first time. This included appointing Pakistan’s former all-rounder Mohammad Hafeez.
Likewise, Umar Gul and Saeed Ajmal were appointed as fast and spin bowling coaches, with the concept of split bowling to provide special training sessions.
As PCB is always known for arising new controversies, recently appointed Salman Butt as a consultant to Pakistan Chief Selector along with Kamran Akmal and Rao Iftikhar Anjum.
The appointment of Salman butt evoked huge criticism from fans as well as higher authorities. In 2010, Butt involved himself in spot-fixing against England in Tests that led to a five-year ban from international cricket. Salman Butt persuaded his teammates Mohammad Amir and Mohammad Asif to bowl a maximum of “NO BALLS”. Amir, Asif along with Butt sealed the deal in exchange for a huge sum of money.
A day after appointing Salman Butt to a consultant role, the PCB reversed its decision by replacing him with Asad Shafique.
As a result, Wahab Riaz clarified his decision by holding a press conference at Gaddafi Stadium in Lahore.
Recently, Wasim Akram advised Wahab Riaz and Mohammad Hafeez by sharing a 50-second video on “X”. Akram congratulated the entire Pakistan cricket team on reaching Australia. Ahead of the first test match that commences on 14th December 2023, Pakistan has started playing their 4-day warm-up match on 6th December 2023.
The former cricketer conveyed his crucial message in Hindi. Here is the accurate translation of Akram’s opinion into English to ensure clear understanding and factual conveyance:
“Good Morning Everyone! As the Pakistan Team has reached Australia, I wish them the best of luck. Moreover, the new present cricketers Wahab Riaz, Mohammad Hafeez, Kamran Akmal, and Co. should be provided at least a year to establish themselves.
As these present cricketers have taken responsibility recently, it is their time to prove their abilities and contribute to the Pakistan cricket team.
And one more important advice I would like to give from my side. Do not organize a press conference every three minutes once. It is important to stand with your choices.
If you have made a decision, you might be well aware of the consequences going to be faced. Before announcing the decision officially you need to think twice about the pros and cons of it.
If you lack confidence with this mindset, certainly it impacts the Pakistan cricket team’s spirit as well.
Whatever you feel is correct, stick accordingly to your plans. Nothing worse is going to happen. You need to be brave. If you are going to give press conferences, it doesn’t provide exact judgment on your decision.”
Overall, Wasim Akram conveyed his message to Wahab Riaz and Mohammad Hafeez with a simple caption:
“YOU NEED TO STICK TO YOUR DECISIONS!!!”
“ BE BRAVE!!! BE CONFIDENT!!!”
Especially, after Salman Butt’s controversy, the PCB started organizing press conferences frequently.
Wasim Akram concluded the video by giving a cheeky remark to the chief selector Wahab Riaz.
It is a fact that Wahab Riaz held press conferences frequently. For instance, a press conference was arranged while appointing Salman Butt and another one immediately after eradicating him from the position instantly.
Previously, Akram slammed the PCB’s inconsistent decision to remove Salman Butt immediately after his appointment within 24 hours.
The advice was not only for Wahab Riaz and Mohammad Hafeez but also for the other members of the PCB.
It becomes evident that the Pakistan Cricket Board faces immense pressure after the flop show of the 2023 World Cup. Moreover, the forthcoming series against Australia is the most challenging phase for the Pakistan cricket team.
Pakistan has never won in Australia and lost 14 matches sequentially against the hosts due to their poor performance since 1995.
The PCB aims to break the jinx against the defending champions on their home ground.
Conclusively, Wasim Akram advised Wahab Riaz and Mohammad Hafeez to implement their decisions with confidence. Wasim Akram means that arranging press conferences frequently gives a clear indication to the media about their lack of confidence in their decision. According to Akram, Riaz and Hafeez need to prepare an alternative plan if their decision doesn’t work out well. Before executing, they need to have perfect planning and be aware of its consequences, without having the necessity to arrange press conferences frequently