Pakistan’s defeat against Zimbabwe in the Group 2 match of T20 World Cup 2022 has all but confirmed their exit from the tournament. It is only via certain permutations and combinations that Babar Azam & Co. can still qualify for the next round. Though there remain many factors behind the team’s poor show in Australia, a common factor that many have pointed out is Babar’s captaincy. The Pakistan legend didn’t mince his words as he questioned some of the decisions taken by Babar for the team.
Middle-order was the biggest problem for Pakistan heading into the World Cup, and it isn’t even a secret. Wasim Akram, having closely analysed Pakistan’s middle-order, said that if it was up to him, Shoaib Malik would’ve been the first-name in the middle of the team’s batting order.
“For the last year, we knew that the middle-order is weak. This guy is sitting here, Shoaib Malik, and my end goal as a captain is to win the World Cup. If I have to make a donkey my father to achieve that, I’ll do it, as winning the World Cup is my ultimate goal.
“If I wanted Shoaib Malik in the middle, I’ll make sure to tell the chairman of selectors that I want this guy or else I’ll not be captaining the team. But, we don’t have people like that,” said the legendary pacer on A Sports.
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