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Akhtar, Latif offer ‘free’ help to PCB

Karachi: Former Pakistan cricketers Shoaib Akhtar and Rashid Latif, through a Youtube video, offered their services for free inorder to help the struggling Pakistan side, after their humiliating three-match Twenty20 International (T20I) series whitewash against a depleted number-eight ranked Sri Lanka side at the Gadddafi Stadium in Lahore on Wednesday.
Akhtar urged the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) to contact him if they required any help. He claimed that he would help the team for free, if needed. “We want a winning Pakistan. If you [PCB] need any help please feel free to ask. We will provide it and without any pay,” Akhtar said. “This was an embarrassing loss for Pakistan. It is really embarrassing to see the way Pakistan performed. The way our boys performed they were very fearful, their confidence was shattered and the captain himself seemed to be fearful as well.”
The former pacer believed that the Men in Green had hit rock-bottom and tried to identify the problems that plagued the Pakistan team.
“We can’t go lower than this. We have hit rock bottom. The purpose of our videos is not to criticise the team but to identify the problems. Sarfaraz Ahmed cannot bat at number four in the batting order as he is struggling. Iftikhar Ahmed should have come before Imad Wasim and Asif Ali as well,” he said.
Latif, on the other hand, was also baffled by the outcome of the T20I series.
“Ours was the number -one team. We faced an eighth-ranked second string side which won two matches, than they played a third string side and still won,” Latif said.
The former wicketkeeper claimed that the confidence of skipper Sarfaraz Ahmed had been shattered and urged the wicketkeeper-batsman to rest out some matches to regain his lost confidence.
“The bigger responsibility is of the captain. He has to lead from the front. But his [Sarfaraz’s] confidence is just not there. When your confidence is shattered, you end up failing in most situations,” he said. “In these circumstances going in at number four, I think, was not a wise decision. This is the first time he has appeared visibly shaken. He left a stumping and a caught behind chance. When you are under pressure you should try to avoid one or two matches.”
The 50-year-old revealed that he gave the same advice to wicketkeeper-batsman Kamran Akmal whose career spiralled out of control after the Sydney Test.
“I gave the same advice to Kamran akmal a long while back, that you should go away for three or four months.

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