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Pakistan World Cup Campaign in Jeopardy After Defeat, Calls for Captaincy Change

Pakistan's World Cup campaign is in jeopardy following a humiliating defeat to Afghanistan.

Pakistan’s World Cup campaign faces uncertainty following a shocking defeat against Afghanistan. 

Former cricketing legends, including Wasim Akram, Misbah ul Haq, Ramiz Raja, Rashid Latif, Muhammad Hafeez, Aaqib Javed, Shoaib Malik, Moin Khan, and Shoaib Akhtar, have criticized captain Babar Azam and other players for their underwhelming performance in the tournament.

Captaincy Criticism:

Babar Azam faced severe criticism for his leadership on the field and decision-making. Former cricketers blamed him for Pakistan’s defeats against India, Australia, and Afghanistan. 

Aaqib Javed suggested that Shaheen Shah Afridi should replace Babar as captain in the white-ball formats, stating that Shaheen is the future of Pakistan cricket.

Babar’s Gesture and Controversy:

Babar’s decision to give his bat to Afghanistan’s Rahmanullah Gurbaz after the defeat did not sit well with cricketing circles, intensifying calls for a change in leadership.

During the Afghanistan match, the former players noted Pakistan’s poor fielding and body language. 

They criticized the players’ inability to defend 283, describing the bowling as ordinary and the fielding as subpar.

Fitness Concerns:

Wasim Akram highlighted the absence of fitness tests for Pakistani players in the past year, emphasizing the importance of physical fitness in modern cricket.

Misbah ul Haq criticized Babar’s captaincy, particularly his bowling changes and field placements, labeling them amateurish. He pointed out Babar’s mismanagement of Haris Rauf during the Australia match.

Impact on Other Batters:

Former all-rounder Razzaq accused Babar of slowing down the game, affecting the strike rate of other batters. He noted that when Babar bats slowly, it hampers the natural game of other players, leading to a lower strike rate for Pakistan in the tournament.

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