Shoaib Akhtar has calculated that New Zealand will be at a psychological disadvantage if Pakistan qualify for the 2021 T20 World Cup final by beating Australia on Thursday. The former pacer added that unbeaten Pakistan will have to pull out their A-Game to beat Australia and enter the final.
The comments of Shoaib Akhtar comes after New Zealand defeated England by 5 wickets in the first semi-final in Abu Dhabi on Wednesday.
Notably, Pakistan had defeated New Zealand by 5 wickets in the Super 12. Furthermore, the Kiwis had canceled their white ball tour in Pakistan after arriving in the country before the 2021 T20 World Cup. PCB had openly criticized New Zealand for their “unilateral” decision and accused them of “embarrassing” the whole of Pakistan.
“Now, I want New Zealand to face Pakistan in the final, because they have psychological pressure to face us. But for the first time, Pakistan have to play one of the most amazing cricket ever against Australia tomorrow. I can see that Pak-NZ in the final. But Pakistan must cross the river of fire to become the finalists, “Shoaib Akhtar said on his YouTube channel.
Akhtar criticizes Morgan’s strategy against New Zealand
Furthermore, Shoaib Akhtar criticized Eoin Morgan for his strategy against New Zealand. He felt that the England captain and Liam Livingstone should have beaten the order. Livingstone and Morgan scored 17 and 4 * points beating in fifth and sixth position respectively. England scored 166/4 in their 20 overs before New Zealand chased the target with an over. Daryl Mitchell starred for New Zealand with 47-ball 72.
“England sent out a very poor batting order. Livingston and Morgan should have beaten the order. If they had come to bat at 12th or 13th over, the score would certainly have hit 170-175. But that was when it was over. It was about Morgan’s strategy, I didn’t like it at all. When Livingston got a wicket in the 16th over, Morgan should have given the ball to Rashid in the next over himself. “
Akhtar also spoke about New Zealand captain Kane Williamson who scored 5 of 11 on Wednesday.
“ On both sides, the captain’s armband was not up to par. On both sides, the captain didn’t beat much. Williamson is an anchor, not one for the boor. He should have played for a long time. But that was his lesson. It will always be a danger as long as it is in the middle, “Akhtar concluded.