After Pakistan’s exit from the 2023 Asia Cup following their loss to Sri Lanka in the Super Four stage, former Pakistani fast bowler Shoaib Akhtar shared his perspective on the matter. Despite the disappointment, Akhtar commended the young Pakistani pacer, Zaman Khan, who joined the team due to injuries to Haris Rauf and Naseem Shah.
Akhtar praised Zaman Khan’s performance in the match, highlighting his vital role in Pakistan’s chances of winning. While recognizing Shaheen Afridi’s contributions, Akhtar credited Zaman for his exceptional bowling.
Though Pakistan was expected to reach the Asia Cup final, Akhtar acknowledged that Sri Lanka outperformed them on the crucial day. He anticipated criticism for Pakistan’s elimination, given their status as favorites.
Despite the setback, Akhtar urged Babar Azam’s team to regroup, make necessary improvements, and prepare diligently for the upcoming ODI World Cup next month. He expressed disappointment with the current situation and stressed the need for improvement.