New Delhi | Jagran Sports Desk: Former Pakistan pacer Shoaib Akhtar minced no words while acknowledging the lack of exceptional batsmen in Pakistan’s batting line-up in the previous couple of decades.

Speaking on the subject, the ‘Rawalpindi Express’ revealed the name of the batsman whom he thinks was ‘more talented than Sehwag’ but was wasted away due to sheer reckless approach of himself alongside the (PCB) Pakistan Cricket Board when it came to grooming the right talent at right time.

According to Akhtar, right-handed opener Imran Nazir was a real batting prodigy, better than the Indian Nawab of Najafgarh, Virender Sehwag – but he did not have the brain and temperament for International Cricket.

“I don’t think Imran Nazir had the brain that Sehwag had. I don’t think Sehwag had the talent that Imran Nazir had. Nazir had more talent, there is no comparison with regards to talent. We tried to contain him a little,” Shoaib, nicknamed, Rawalpindi Express, was quoted as saying by Cricket Pakistan.

Shoaib also laid the blame of not utilizing the right talent on country’s Cricket Board. “When he hit a brutal hundred against India in a match, I asked them to play Imran Nazir consistently but they (PCB) didn’t listen,” he added.

 

“It is unfortunate that we do not know how to take care of our brands. We could have had a player better than Virender Sehwag in Imran Nazir. He had all the shots while also being a good fielder. We could have utilised him brilliantly but we just couldn’t,” Akhtar concluded.

On the days of his reckoning, Imran Nazir was a fine treat to watch. However, owing to his inconsistency, fitness issues and shoddy temperament on the field, he was dropped from the team, with his ODI and Test Career lasting barely a decade from 1999 to 2009.

 

He played just 8 Tests, 79 ODIs and 25 T20Is for Pakistan. In all the three Cricket formats, he managed to score 427, 1895 and 500 runs respectively.

Posted By: Talib Khan