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Kamran Akmal urges PM Imran Khan to take stern action against Pakistan cricket team

The PCB stated that they will carry out a "robust review and analysis” of the performances of the national team and its support staff, including head coach Mickey Arthur.

Sarfraz Ahmed, Steve Smith, Virat Kohli, Kohli-Smith, Smith-India fans, Virat Kohli gesture, ICC World Cup 2019, Sarfraz Ahmed press conference
Pakistan has won just one match in its five games in the ongoing World Cup. (Source: AP)

After defeat to India on Sunday, Pakistan wicket-keeper Kamran Akmal urged Prime Minister Imran Khan to be ‘ruthless’ towards the current team and hold them accountable because of their failures in ICC World Cup 2019.

“I request Prime Minister Imran Khan, who is also Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) patron, to start ruthless accountability and all those, who inflicted huge damages on Pakistan cricket, must face the music,” Akmal was quoted as saying by The Nation.

“We are blessed with so many natural cricketers, who, if selected on merit, can strengthen Pakistan batting and bowling and can take Pakistan team to a much higher level,” Akmal said after the men in green secured 3 points from 5 games.

Pakistan’s last victory against India dates back to 2017 where they won after batting first. In the ongoing World Cup, their only success was after batting first.

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“Pakistan has not won any match in the World Cup, where they opted to chase. The only victory for the green caps came against the tournament favourites England, when we batted first and posted massive 300 plus runs on the board, while against West Indies, we were badly exposed and flattened at meager 105. Our batting badly flopped and all the flaws were exposed by the opponents,” the 37-year-old added.

Cutting a sorry figure, Sarfaraz and his men are languishing at the ninth spot on the points table. This has prompted the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) to carry out a “robust review and analysis” of the performances of the national team and its support staff ( including head coach Mickey Arthur, in the past three years after the World Cup.)

The PCB Board of Governors which met in Lahore on Wednesday also agreed the team’s performance in the ICC Cricket World Cup 2019 to date has been below expectation.

Pakistan captain Sarfaraz Ahmed will lead his team next against South Africa on Sunday in Lord’s, London.