Pakistan former captains Wasim Akram, Shoaib Malik, and Moin Khan raised concerns about Babar Azam’s leadership.
During an interview on a local TV channel, these former cricketers placed blame on the captain for the national team’s loss to Afghanistan.
Former Pakistan cricket captain Shoaib Malik has criticized Babar Azam, the current captain of the Pakistan team, following Pakistan’s loss to Afghanistan in the 2023 World Cup. Malik, along with other former captains Wasim Akram and Misbah-ul-Haq, expressed their disappointment over this defeat during a private TV show.
Shoaib Malik stated that while Babar Azam is undoubtedly a talented batsman, he doesn’t believe Babar is an effective captain. Moeen Khan, another former cricketer, echoed Malik’s sentiment, highlighting that Babar has led the Pakistan team in major cricket events for four years, but there hasn’t been significant improvement in his captaincy. Khan emphasized the importance of a captain’s ability to learn and adapt over time.
Wasim Akram added his perspective, noting that it’s not fair to pin the blame solely on one individual for the defeat. He mentioned that obligation have to be shared among diverse stakeholders, including the chairman of the cricket board, coaches, chief selectors, directors, and captains. Akram also expressed his frustration with the gamers’ fitness, highlighting that health exams have now not been performed for the past years.