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    Wasim Akram wants review of Pakistan cricket

    SYDNEY, Feb 5, (Reuters) - Pakistan cricket captain Wasim Akram wants his country's officials to review the way they approach the game after another promising tour of Australia ended in defeat.

    Akram, speaking after his side crashed to as 152-run defeat in the second one-day final at the Sydney Cricket Ground, said the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) needed to change the way it ran the game if it was serious about wanting to challenge teams like Australia.

    ``We always come to Australia and get hammered. It's not the first time,'' Akram said.

    ``We have to get our standard higher in Pakistan cricket. Talent's not enough.

    ``It can be enough if you want to win once in five games or maybe on the subcontinent, but if you want to win in Australia or in South Africa you have to have a very good structure and very good back-up as well.''

    Pakistan were beaten 3-0 in their three-match test series with Australia after coming here with high hopes of success.

    They beat Australia in the first preliminary match of the triangular series which also included India but failed to beat them again, losing their next five clashes including the two finals.

    Akram, who needs just 17 wickets to become only the fourth man in history to take 400 test scalps, said it was unlikely he would get the chance to tour Australia again as his career draws to a close but said he hoped the PCB would listen to his advice on how to improve their chances of winning.''

    ``I'll go back and find out the reaction there from the cricket board,'' he said.

    ``I always go back with ideas, it depends how many people want to listen.''

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