At at time when Babar Azam-led Pakistan would have beloved to focus solely on the World Cup, a serious controversy has engulfed them. Following two disastrous performances within the recently-concluded Asia Cup 2023 and the following exit from the competitors, stories of unrest within the Pakistan dressing room emerged.
As per stories, captain Babar Azam and Shaheen Afridi have been concerned in a livid altercation. All of it started when Babar Azam was giving his teammates a chunk of his thoughts after the loss towards Sri Lanka. Wicketkeeper-batsman Mohammad Rizwan needed to intervene to separate Babar Azam and Afridi to deliver the scenario beneath management.
Current stories have additionally urged that Babar Azam will not be a preferred captain amongst his teammates. Most of his teammates together with the established names don’t like his captaincy and his perspective on the sphere. There have been additionally claims that former Pakistan skipper Shahid Afridi is pushing for Shaheen Afridi to switch Babar Azam because the captain.
Danish Kaneria on Babar Azam:
With Babar Azam’s captaincy beneath the scanner, former Pakistan spinner Danish Kaneria has opined that the right-handed batsman will not be a really perfect captain and needs to be changed. Talking to Instances Now, Kaneria opined that he wish to see pacer Shaheen Afridi as the brand new captain of the Pakistan cricket workforce.
Backing Afridi, Kaneria acknowledged that the pacer has an aggressive mentality and highlighted that he has already confirmed his acumen as a captain by main Lahore Qalandars to 2 consecutive finals within the PSL. Earlier this yr, Qalandars received their maiden PSL title beneath Afridi’s captaincy.
“Shaheen Afridi is the best candidate to guide Pakistan. He has the aggression. Ladke ki aankhon mein aggression dikhta hai (His eyes reek of aggression). That’s the high quality that you simply want in your captain. Additionally, have a look at his efficiency for Lahore Qalandars within the PSL,” Kaneria mentioned.
“Our chairman (Zaka Ashraf) has mentioned that Pakistan will stick with Babar Azam as captain until the World Cup. I really feel, after the World Cup, Shaheen needs to be instantly made captain,” he added.
Talking additional, Kaneria expressed his frustration over Pakistan’s efficiency within the Asia Cup. Pakistan started effectively earlier than struggling two crushing defeats. India thrashed them by 228 runs earlier than Sri Lanka chased down 252 in 42 overs on a tricky pitch.
“Take a look at what India did. They rested Jasprit Bumrah within the much less vital matches, and likewise chopped and altered their lineup in line with situations. Pakistan, then again performed the identical workforce all through the event, and this triggered the accidents to our fundamental bowlers (Haris Rauf and Naseem Shah). They need to have additionally performed an additional spinner preserving the Sri Lankan situations in thoughts,” Kaneria added.