Akram: Our first-class structure is down the drain


Fast bowling legend Wasim Akram said that Pakistan will never win another World Cup until the cricket authorities get the correct domestic structures in place.

The Pakistan team has come under fire from former players and supporters after crashing out of the World T20 in the Super 10 stages, only beating Bangladesh in the tournament and losing to rivals India, Australia and New Zealand.

Arguably the best left-arm paceman the game has ever seen, Akram feels the problems on the field go beyond the players as there is no succession plan.

Akram said: "Whatever happened in this T20 World Cup for Pakistan it was writing on the wall. They didn't see it four years ago [when Pakistan made the semi-finals in Sri Lanka] but it was meant to happen.

"Our first-class structure is down the drain, nobody puts money in there, nobody's bothering. And they want to win World Cups – you can't win World Cups like this, I'm sorry.

"Of course it hurts [when Pakistan lose]. Big time. Not just to me, but every Pakistani is hurt. It doesn't matter if you're living in Pakistan or living abroad, it hurts.

"We just go by our instinct and go 'OK, there's a World Cup next month, hopefully we'll win'. That's what we do in Pakistan.

"It's a tournament. A team prepares itself for three to four years; they plan, they prepare, they pick the right combination."