Babar Azam Captaincy Resignation Criticized by Shoaib Akhtar

Former cricketer Shoaib Akhtar spoke out about the resignation of prolific batter Babar Azam as the all-format captain of Pakistan.

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Babar Azam stepped down as the leader of all Pakistan international teams after the ICC Cricket World Cup 2023 debacle. The Green Shirts failed to qualify for the knockout stages after suffering five defeats in the round-robin stage.

The Pakistan Cricket Board replaced him with Shan Masood and Shaheen Afridi as the Test and T20I captain. 

Shoaib Akhtar discussed Babar Azam’s resignation and the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) management on an India sports show. According to the former pacer, he accused the governing body of being unjust to the batter. 

“The treatment of Babar Azam was unjust,” he said. “I categorically state that in such a short time, he should not have been removed from the captaincy of Test matches. Even though he said he didn’t want the captaincy of all formats and the board was insisting on him captaining Test matches, he shouldn’t have resigned, and he shouldn’t have been pushed out.”

He accused the cricket board of abandoning the players when they struggled. 

“We are experts in removing someone from their position and this is how the entire management of Pakistan works, just remove and banish,” he said.

Shoaib Akhtar said he would have given Babar Azam a grace period of a month.

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