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I may hang on till next World Cup: Akram

Published: Saturday, June 10, 2000, 23:53 [IST]
 
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New Delhi: Pakistan pace spearhead Wasim Akram foresees at least two years of action on the cricket field and does not rule out his participation in the next World Cup if he is not "being hammered around" by the batsmen.

"I will see how I go for two years and then if I see I am not being hammered around and I am still fit, then I might play the next World Cup," Akram said in an interview to a website.

The former Pakistan skipper said he is working a lot harder than he used to six or seven years ago. "There is some sort of pain in my body. I have never felt them before. But now, there is lot more training than before," he said.

Akram said he wanted to play cricket for another two years. "I just want to hang on. If I am performing well, I will stay."

Asked whether he was working harder after the Qayyam report on match-fixing in which his name also figures, Akram said, "I never did anything and I do not need to do anything. I am working hard because I want to satisfy myself. I just want to leave - whenever I do - like I said when I am at the top and that's very important to me. That's is the goal for me."

He attributed a significant change in the attitude of the team to his mentor and former captain Imran Khan. "In the last four-five years, the attitude of the team has become more aggressive. Obviously it picked up from Imran (Khan) and I think he has passed it on to the youngsters."

The world's highest wicket-taker in one-dayers said he believes in attack, if needed even verbally while bowling to batsmen like Sachin Tendulkar and Brian Lara.

"I just think I have to try to get them out, knowing that any bad balls will be punished. They can hit me for five fours, but if they give me their wicket, I will be much happier. Attack them, hurl bouncers at them, maybe have a go at them verbally... whatever, but try to upset them."

Questioned about his reported rift with fellow pace bowler Waqar Younis, he said, "Problems are there. I mean if you stay with your wife on a tour for three months, you have a fight with her every second day. So on a tour you have arguments with each other but after we go home we forget all about it."

Akram felt fast bowler Shoaib Akhtar should work hard on his bowling action. "He has got the potential. He needs to train twice as much as any average bowler."

Akram considered his dismissal of Allan Lamb during the 1992 World Cup as a cherished moment in his career. "That was the wicket to remember for me," he added.

UNI

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