Srinagar, May 4: Aamir Sohail, a former Pakistan cricketer, Monday termed the biggest contribution of veteran Wasim Akram as ‘making sure Pakistan doesn’t win a World Cup post 1992’.
Sohail accused Akram of deliberately letting Men-in-Green down in 1996, 99 and 2003 World Cups.
“Look, the biggest contribution by Wasim Akram for Pakistan cricket was making sure Pakistan does not win a World Cup after 92. Imran Khan should be very grateful to him and he is by awarding him the presidential award. If he [Akram] was sincere with Pakistan, we would have easily won the 96, 99 and 2003 World Cups. All of this drama happened for a reason. This should be investigated. The culprit behind all this should be brought to the forefront,” said Sohail during an interview with a local Pakistani TV channel, CricketPakistan.com reported.
Sohail also went on to say that making Akram the captain of side was the plan after the World Cup triumph in 1992.
“It’s very simple. Put the 92 World Cup to one side and talk about the 1996 World Cup. In 1995 Ramiz Raja was captain. Saleem Malik was the captain before that, he was very successful and if he could have spent one more year as captain then Wasim Akram would not have been leading the side,” He said.
“If you look at what happened till 2003, there was this persistence before every World Cup to remove the captain and put Wasim Akram in that role,” he added.