"It's Pakistan vs Crowd" Shoaib Akhtar on Afghanistan's Cricket World Cup 2023 match

“It’s Pakistan vs Crowd” Shoaib Akhtar on Afghanistan’s Cricket World Cup 2023 match. The Pakistan cricket team is getting ready for what should be another thrilling match as they prepare for the ICC Cricket World Cup in 2023. Pakistan, who has won two and lost two of their previous four World Cup games, will play their fifth match against neighboring Afghanistan. 

The meeting between Pakistan and Afghanistan has historically resulted in some fiercely contested games. The legendary player for Pakistan, Shoaib Akhtar, isn’t anticipating much more than another match in which tensions may rise on the pitch. However, Akhtar believes that Pakistan would also be up against the spectators and the grounds crew in addition to Afghanistan.

In a video posted to Twitter, Akhtar cautioned the men of Babar Azam not to treat Afghanistan lightly. He clarified that the competition will not be biased.

“This is a big, important match. In this match, you know, tempers will flare. Afghanistan is by no means a minnow. There won’t be a rematch. ‘Upsets’ will not be tolerated on this type of team. This is a squad that can compete with Pakistan. They will cause problems for the Pakistani team because they have all the spinners. In the video, Akhtar stated, “Pakistan cannot afford to lose to Afghanistan in fact, they cannot afford to lose to anyone.”

The former pacer for Pakistan believes that Afghanistan’s spinners will benefit by the pitches in Chepauk. They would even have the support of the crowd.

“Let me tell you, Afghanistan benefits from terrific pitches, ground support, and crowd support all of which work in their favor. Whether you bowl during the day or in the dark, I believe the spinning track which will be present will favor spinners,” said Akhtar.

Pakistan lost their next two World Cup matches against Australia and India after winning the first two. In contrast, Afghanistan has defeated England, the reigning champions, but has fallen short against New Zealand, Bangladesh, and India. A close encounter is to be expected as both teams struggle for survival.

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