Wasim Akram and Babar Azam. (Picture Supply: Getty Pictures)

After shedding to Zimbabwe in Group 2 of the T20 World Cup 2022, Pakistan’s elimination from the competitors was all however assured. It was Pakistan’s second consecutive loss on the match, as that they had beforehand misplaced their marketing campaign opener to India. Pakistan’s performances have led to former legendary cricketer Wasim Akram’s harsh criticisms of the present skipper.

Babar Azam & Co. can nonetheless advance to the next spherical, the knock-outs, however solely by advantage of a restricted vary of permutations and combos. Though there are nonetheless many contributing components to the workforce’s poor efficiency in Australia, Babar’s captaincy has persistently been highlighted as a cause.

In each matches, the openers failed to fireside. Babar has been going by way of a lean patch of late, however wicketkeeper-batter Mohammad Rizwan had been in nice contact and was additionally one of many causes behind Pakistan successful the tri-series in New Zealand forward of the continued World Cup. However even he failed this time round. In consequence, the stress was on the center order, which has been a difficulty within the Pakistani setup for a very long time now.

“For the final one yr, we knew that the center order is weak. This man is sitting right here, Shoaib Malik, and my finish objective as a captain is to win the World Cup. If I’ve to make a donkey my father to realize that, I will do it, as successful the World Cup is my final objective. If I needed Shoaib Malik within the center, I will be certain to inform the chairman of selectors that I need this man or else I will not be captaining the workforce. However, we do not have folks like that,” Akram advised A Sports activities.

I might’ve put Malik within the middle-order: Akram

Babar Azam lead the workforce within the earlier World Cup as effectively, the place Pakistan made it to the semi-finals earlier than being knocked out. Lately, below his captaincy, Pakistan made it to the finals of the Asia Cup 2022, however the sport didn’t go their manner and so they misplaced the title to the Dasun Shanaka-led Sri Lanka. Akram was very vital of Babar Azam’s credentials as a captain as he mentioned:

“Babar needs to be extra clever. These usually are not mohalla groups. The gamers are respectable however I might’ve put Malik within the middle-order proper from the beginning. That is Australia, not Sharjah or Pakistan’s useless wickets,” Akram asserted.

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