Babar Azam has been criticized for the team’s poor performance.
Michael Vaughan has slammed the PCB.
The PCB has issued a media release in support of Azam.
The current ICC World Cup 2023 captain of Pakistan, Babar Azam, was treated with such disrespect that former England captain Michael Vaughan was not happy.
It should be mentioned that when Pakistan lost four straight matches at the huge tournament, Azam was criticized by everyone.
“Sometimes in T20 cricket the game sets itself up naturally. I’m not saying that the captain doesn’t do anything. I don’t think there is much management in T20 cricket as it does in ODI cricket. There is more to do as captain in 50-over and Test matches, managing players and scenarios. I think it is harder to captain a 50-over team,” Vaughan said while talking to Cricbuzz
“I just don’t like the lack of respect that Babar Azam is being shown. I think it is a disgrace. There are stories being leaked about Shaheen Afridi being the captain. Babar Azam is a wonderful and world-class player. He has been fantastic for Pakistan and the world game.
“When you see these kinds of stories during a World Cup, leave it till the end. If at the end of the World Cup, you don’t think he is the right person as captain to take Pakistan forward, no problem, you are allowed to make that decision. During the tournament, when there is gossip coming from the board and people within Pakistan Cricket. I find it really disrespectful.”
After a dismal performance in the current World Cup, the Pakistan Cricket Board appeared to have abandoned the team on Thursday, resembling a sinking ship. And, strangely, the PCB’s attempt to separate itself from Babar Azam and his struggling team was signaled by a media release that was meant to provide them support. It was anything but that.
The media release stated: “The PCB acknowledges the emotions and sentiments of cricket fans following the three consecutive defeats faced by the national team in the ICC World Cup 2023. In this challenging environment, the board administration hopes that the cricketing fraternity and fans will continue to support captain Babar Azam and the entire Pakistan cricket team.”
Babar and the players, as well as the PCB executives, will be even more disappointed by the team’s failure to advance to the semifinals. The Board made an effort to clarify that Babar and head selector Inzamam-ul-Haq had been allowed full reign because of this.
“Addressing the media scrutiny directed at captain Babar Azam and the team management, the board’s stance, echoing that of former cricketers, is that successes and defeats are part of the game. Captain Babar Azam and Chief Selector Inzamam-ul-Haq were given freedom and support in forming the squad for the ICC World Cup 2023,” the Board said.
Pakistan is currently playing against Bangladesh in a must-win match.