Ex-Pakistan Captain Calls for Review of Babar Azam’s Performance Following T20 World Cup Exit

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Former Pakistan captain Misbah-ul-Haq has called for a comprehensive assessment of white-ball captain Babar Azam’s performance, in light of Pakistan’s premature exit from the 2024 T20 World Cup

Misbah stressed that while Babar Azam bears some responsibility for the team’s failure, accountability extends to all players involved in the T20 World Cup squad.

“As for Babar’s performance, we must evaluate his standing after four years. It’s not solely the captain’s responsibility; accountability spans across all aspects, including batting, bowling, and fielding,” Misbah commented.

Misbah stressed the need to review the team composition and explore realistic avenues for enhancement. He cautioned against making changes solely for cosmetic reasons, noting that superficial adjustments could hinder the team’s development.

“The decision-makers must also evaluate the current team composition and consider practical alternatives. However, making changes solely for appearance’s sake, for cosmetic reasons, would be counterproductive,” Misbah added.

The ex-captain also condemned the frequent changes in team management and captaincy, linking them to Pakistan’s difficulties in the World Cup. “The ongoing alterations by the management and captains from series to series have contributed to our struggles in the World Cup,” he remarked.

Under Babar’s captaincy, Pakistan competed in three T20I series at home against New Zealand and away against Ireland and England before entering the T20 World Cup. The team’s erratic performance in these series has sparked demands for a thorough examination to pinpoint and resolve the root causes.