Former Pakistan skipper Wasim Akram has advised Sarfaraz Ahmed to not alter his winning combination, as they prepare to take on New Zealand at Edgbaston on June 26.
Sarfaraz and his men, following their convincing 49-run victory over South Africa on Sunday, have kept hopes of getting a place in the semi-final well and truly alive. And ironically, they have been following the exact route set by the squad which won the 1992 World Cup.
Speaking in the context, Akram said he hopes to see a repeat of the feat given that New Zealand were unbeaten until they faced Pakistan even in 1992. "They were unbeaten in 1992 too before playing against us and we won the game, they're unbeaten again and I hope we repeat the show, but boys will have to give their best," Akram told Pakistan's Geo TV.
"There's no need to change the winning combination," he added.
Akram, however, voiced his extreme criticism to the way Pakistan have been fielding in the tournament. As of now, Pakistan have dropped 14 catches in six fixture they have played thus far. "We have dropped 14 catches in the tournament. We are top on the list of teams dropping most catches in the World Cup which isn't a good sign," Akram said.
"This isn't something new, but we need to overcome this problem," he added.
As far as the table is concerned, Pakistan have five points after six games (three defeats, two victories), and they need to win all of their remaining fixtures while also hoping the other results go their way in order to qualify for the semi-final.
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