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Bangladesh Should Not be Underestimated, Warns Wasim Akram

Cricketing legend Wasim Akram. Photo:Cricinfo
Former skipper Wasim Akram has warned Pakistan team not to become overconfident in their last 2019 Cricket World Cup round-robin match against Bangladesh on July 5, saying the Tigers can be "dangerous".

Akram said that Pakistan must get Shakib al Hasan out before he settles down so as to build an early pressure on the Bangladesh team.

"Pakistan would have to fight against Bangladesh in their last game [before semi-finals]," he said.

Talking about Pakistan's nail-biting win against Afghanistan on Saturday, Akram said he knew Pakistan team would have trouble chasing the 227-run target total.

"Shaheen Afridi, Imad Wasim and Wahab Riaz put a very good show against Afghanistan," he said, adding that "Wahab did his best with a fractured finger."

The Sultan of Swing, however, criticized Mohammed Hafeez for losing his wicket the same way every time.

"It feels embarrassing now as he is a senior player," Akram said.

He also lauded the Afghanistan team for coming so close to victory, saying "Afghan players must improve their fitness as they have the skills and talent in them."

Former skipper Rameez Raja remarked that "only Pakistan team can make an easy match so difficult."

He said that while referring to the low Afghanistan team total against Pakistan which at one point had looked difficult to achieve.

"Pakistan did well in the first part (bowling) and should have also done good in batting," he added.

Spin maestro Saqlain Mushtaq also appreciated Imad Wasim and Wahab Riaz for their performance, saying that "Bangladesh is also a top-class team and the match against them won't be easy."

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