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‘The problem with Star Sports is that they only talk about India-centric issues’ – Twitter reacts as Wasim Akram retort goes viral

Pakistan took on Afghanistan yesterday in match six of the Super Fours. At the pre-match presentation on Star Sports, analyst and former Pakistan cricketing icon Wasim Akram lost patience for a moment, snapping at the presenter. Akram expressed frustration that the presenter was discussing India’s campaign ahead of a match that they weren’t even playing.

Wasim Akram and former India batter Sanjay Manjrekar were the two analysts on the Star Sports, along with presenter Mayanti Langer. India’s progression in the Asia Cup was dependent on the outcome of the Pakistan-Afghanistan clash, and needed an Afghanistan win for them to have a chance. Langer brought up the question to Akram of India’s middle order losing a heap of wickets for few runs, and whether they would be able to fix this approach before the World Cup.

Akram said, “Sanjay, this is all yours.” Langer insisted that she wanted to hear his opinion, not Sanjay’s, to which Akram responded, “Rohit Sharma himself is probably sick of watching himself on TV. Two other teams are playing. I discussed India yesterday all day long. Today is Pakistan vs Afghanistan. That’s why I am saying, Sanjay, this is all yours.”

Pakistan beat Afghanistan by one wicket in a last-over thriller, the result officially knocking India out of the Asia Cup. Afghanistan turned in a spirited defence of 129, taking five wickets in the last four overs leaving Pakistan tottering at 119-9, still needing 11 runs off the final over. Naseem Shah was the hero of the chase, slamming two consecutive sixes off Fazalhaq Farooqi to seal the game.

 

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