Lack of training may hurt Pakistan team in NZ: Wasim Akram

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Former Pakistan captain Wasim Akram believes that the 14-day quarantine period during which no training was allowed to Babar Azam and his men as well as New Zealand’s recent success record at home will make things really tough for the visiting side in the upcoming Test and T20 series commencing on Dec 18.

In an exclusive interview in Dawn News program ‘Replay’ the legendary all-rounder bowler rated hosts New Zealand as favourites for the coming series.

“Surely it was very tough for the Pakistan cricket team — both mentally and physically — to remain in rooms for 14 days and that too without much-needed training in different conditions like New Zealand,” said Wasim.

“In the current scenario, I think it will be really tough for Pakistan to beat Kane Willamson’s side on their own soil. They [New Zealand] also have a great record and recent form at home and we all saw how they dominated the West Indies.”