Former Pakistan fast bowler Shoaib Akhtar says Imran Nazir was a more talented batsman than Virender Sehwag but he wasn’t handled well by the team management which resulted in him not fulfilling the promise he showed after making sparkling entry into the international stage. Also Read - Virat Kohli And I Would Have Been The Best of Friends, Feels Former Pakistan Pacer Shoaib Akhtar
“I don’t think Imran Nazir had the brain that Sehwag had,” Akhtar was quoted as saying by IANS. ” I don’t think Sehwag had the talent that Imran Nazir had. There is no comparison with regards to talent. We tried to contain him a little.” Also Read - Would Want to Take on The Challenge of Facing Jasprit Bumrah: Shan Masood
Akhtar claimed he had advised giving Nazir consistent opportunities which fell on deaf ears. Also Read - Babar Azam is Very Close to Being in Same League as Virat Kohli, Steve Smith: Misbah-ul-Haq
“It is unfortunate that we do not know how to take care of our brands. We could have had a player better than Virender Sehwag in Imran Nazir. He had all the shots while also being a good fielder. We could have utilised him brilliantly but we just couldn’t,” he said.
Known for his aggressive style and electric fielding., Nazir played eight Tests, 79 ODIs and 25 T20Is between 1999 and 2012.
He scored 2882 runs across formats along with four centuries and 10 fifties.
He was part of Pakistan squad that lost to India in the final of the inaugural 2007 ICC World T20 in South Africa.