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Forgoing Pakistan captain Wasim Akram has explained why he does not want to take up coaching of the national team any near time. Wasim said he cant stand the online abuse that coaches have suffered due to the loss of the side.
"I cant stand misbehavior from anyone and I am not stupid I see how people misbehave and insult coaches/seniors on social media if the team is not doing well. I dont think I have the patience for that," he expressed during an interview on the CricketPakistan.com.pk YouTube channel.
Wasim said as he can understand the love of the cricket fans in the country but he couldnt understand the abusive language and online trolling that are used on social media.
"I just think we need to ponder on the fact that whatever we say on social media reflects on what we are," he added.
The ex-left-arm fast bowler said people must understand that the coaches and support staff can only plan, guide, and motivate the players but at the end of the day the players have to perform on the field and give their best to win the matches.
"Sometimes you do well, sometimes you lose. But tell me do we see this sort of extreme reaction or misbehavior in other countries. Have you seen Ravi Shastri being treated this way on social media? It is pretty scary for me the way people behave on social media," Akram said.
The ex-skipper, also, said while being with the Karachi Kings franchise in the Pakistan Super League let him work with most of the Pakistani players.
"So it is not as if I am totally cut off from the players. They call me when they want any help or advice and I love contributing to Pakistan Cricket," he added.
Akram also cleared the fears, state of emotional, physical, and mental exhaustion caused by excessive and prolonged stress concerns of the left-arm pacer, Shaheen Shah Afridi.
"I dont think he will burn out, in fact, he is getting better. He has pace, height and knows how to swing the ball both ways with the new ball and he has now improved on his bowling sense, length and has got situational awareness. He is a great talent and he will take a lot of wickets for Pakistan," he added.
"As far as rest is concerned I think just ask him whether he wants to rest but we should not try to copy other countries because our cricket culture and mindset is different" he stated.
"He is not playing too much county or other cricket he only plays for Pakistan so I think the more he plays he will only get better with time." Akram said