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Akram praises Misbah for bringing positive changes to Pakistan team

Press Trust of India
Jun 04, 2013 at 08:54pm IST

Karachi: Pakistan's former captain Wasim Akram has credited current skipper Misbah-ul-Haq for bringing positive changes to the team. Akram, who is in England to commentate in the Champions Trophy and is also helping the Pakistani bowlers with his tips, said that Misbah deserved praise for his change in attitude and approach to the game.

He also termed West Indies as the most dangerous side of the competition. He expressed surprise that no one talked about the danger posed to all teams by brilliant players like Kieron Pollard, Chris Gayle, Dwayne Bravo and others in the West Indies team.

"They have brilliant wicket taking bowlers. They have more one-day experience. It will be very interesting to see how the West Indian side plays," Akram told Geo News.

Akram praises Misbah for bringing positive changes to Pakistan team

Akram also said that the Indian players will be under pressure in the Champions Trophy because of the recent spot-fixing scandal.

When asked if India will be under pressure due to the IPL spot-fixing scandal, Akram said that in such a situation players normally don't admit that they are under pressure but it does have its affects.

Commenting on Pakistan team's win over South Africa in the warm-up match yesterday, he said he was happy to see a collective effort. He said that Pakistan had struggled in South Africa during their recent tour due to different pitches and conditions.

"It was also because we played poorly in Test matches. But in one-day series, we gave South Africa a tough time. I really liked the way Pakistan played at The Oval. The main bowlers were rested but Junaid, Wahab, Ahsan Adil and Asad bowled brilliantly. From the first ball, the body language was good. The attitude was right. South Africa looked under pressure. Pakistani chased well."

Akram said that there was "no issue" with Pakistan's bowling but conceded the problem area is batting. "The plan should be that Imran Farhat plays as an anchor and last for 40 hours or so and the boys around him play freely but sensibly. Pakistani batting always comes under pressure if the openers fall early," he noted.

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