Former Pakistan cricketer Wasim Akram highlighted the significant role of the upcoming Asia Cup in preparing fast bowlers for the ODI World Cup 2023.
Speaking at an event, Akram emphasized the importance of the Asia Cup as a crucial test for bowlers from the subcontinent as they prepare for the 50-over format, especially with the impending ODI World Cup 2023. He also mentioned that in modern cricket, bowlers are accustomed to bowling just four overs per game, mainly in T20 matches. However, the Asia Cup being played in the ODI format presents a different challenge.
“Be it India or Pakistan or Sri Lanka, we will find out if the bowlers are able to deliver 10 overs or not now-a-days they are all used to bowling four-overs (per game),” said Akram, as reported by PTI.
Akram also stated that this tournament will assess bowlers’ ability to adapt to the 50-over format, which requires different strategies and enduring stamina.
“It is a long tournament – not a one-off that you can enter the semifinals after winning one game. You have to win games to get on top. You have to take it game by game. Also, it is a 50-over competition (this time), not T20, which means different mindset and fitness will be required,” he further added.
The Asia Cup 2023 is set to begin on August 30, with the opening match between Pakistan and Nepal in Multan. However, the most awaited match between arch-rivals India and Pakistan is set to take place on September 2 in Kandy.