Shahid Afridi slams Babar Azam for replacing Shaheen Afridi as T20I captain


Pakistan’s early exit from the event, following humiliating defeats towards USA and India has raised questions in regards to the group’s management.

Former Pakistan all-rounder Shahid Afridi has criticized present nationwide group captain Babar Azam for assuming the captaincy from Shaheen Afridi simply earlier than the T20 World Cup 2024. Pakistan’s early exit from the event, following humiliating defeats towards USA and India of their preliminary matches, has raised questions in regards to the group’s management.

In the wake of Pakistan’s disappointing efficiency, Afridi expressed his disapproval of Babar’s reinstatement as captain, particularly after being relieved of his duties following the ODI World Cup 2023. Babar was stripped of his captaincy after Pakistan’s failure to advance to the semi-finals of the event, with Shaheen taking on management of the T20I squad.

The left-arm seamer had a difficult begin to his captaincy tenure, experiencing a disappointing 1-4 loss towards New Zealand in January of this yr. Consequently, he was unexpectedly relieved of his place, with Babar Azam being reinstated as skipper in preparation for the upcoming dwelling collection towards New Zealand in April.

Expressing his disappointment with the group’s efficiency within the present event, Afridi didn’t maintain again as he criticized Babar for not totally supporting Shaheen as the captain of the T20I facet.

“If the decision on Shaheen’s captaincy had been made and you [PCB] had stated that he will remain the captain till the [T20] World Cup, then I think Babar [Azam] should have supported Shaheen there and should have said that ‘no, if you have made him [Shaheen] the captain, then we are ready to play under his captaincy because Shaheen has been playing with me for a long time. If he is made captain and the selection committee has made him the captain, then yes I will support him and play under his captaincy’. This is the stance Babar should’ve taken. Babar’s respect would’ve increased greatly that he has set an example with a remarkable decision,” Afridi said on his YouTube channel.

The 2009 World Cup champion elaborated that the responsibility for the team’s performance cannot solely be attributed to Babar, as the selection committee also bears some responsibility.

“But this was not entirely the fault of Babar because some of the blame lies with the selection committee too since some of the selectors on record said that Babar doesn’t know how to do captaincy,” he added.

Pakistan will face off towards Ireland of their last match on Sunday, June 16 at Central Broward Regional Park Stadium Turf Ground in Lauderhill, Florida. The runner-ups from the earlier version are decided to complete the event sturdy with a victory of their final recreation.

Also learn| PAK vs IRE T20 World Cup 2024: Predicted taking part in XIs, reside streaming particulars, climate and pitch report

Nilesh Desai
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