Rawalpindi: Former Pakistan captain Wasim Akram, who is currently commentating during the National T20 Cup, has criticized senior men’s team pacer Wahab Riaz over his front-foot landing on the danger area.
Wahab is representing Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and was continuously landing near the danger area of the pitch during KP’s match against Balochistan, however, the umpires didn’t warn him.
Swing of Sultan was also critical towards the stand-in umpires who were not engaging with Wahab on this.
“If this would have happened in international cricket, Wahab must have received one warning till now,” Wasim said while commentating.
“When they play international cricket and receive one warning, so they get under pressure. They tend to come wide of the crease and you can’t bowl according to your plans from wide of the crease,” he added.
He was also surprised because the stand-in umpires are the most experienced umpires of domestic cricket (Ahsan Raza and Imtiaz Iqbal).
“We have to empower our local umpires according to the demands of international cricket,” Wasim maintained.
Wasim emphasized that Wahab is an experienced bowler and has to work on this by himself.
It must be noted that the bowler must avoid landing on the danger area which is two feet wide and beginning five feet from each popping crease.