Former Fast Bowler Shoaib Akhtar slams Pakistan’s Captain Babar Azam’s Captaincy after the team’s five wicket loss to England in the second T20I in Manchester on Sunday.
Pakistan despite of scoring 195 runs after losing four wickets could not defend England’s total with Eoin Morgan starring with 66 off 33 balls. Akhtar slammed Babar’s captaincy by saying he looks clueless while making decisions.
“Babar Azam looks like a lost cow to me He is out there, not knowing what to do. It is important for him to take decisions on his own so that it could help him become a better captain in the coming times,” Akhtar said on his YouTube channel.
“There are instructions coming from outside for him, there are three people on the field who are trying to help him. Babar will need to understand that the chances coming his way, but it’s not going to happen for the rest of his life, so he needs to capitalize on it as much as he can, and emerge as a big brand.”
Akhtar’s criticism stems from Babar’s pace at scoring runs. Opening the batting, Babar and Fakhar Zaman got Pakistan to an explosive start with the pair putting on 72 runs in 8.2 overs. After Adil Rashid dismissed Zaman for 36 off 22, Mohammad Hafeez took charge, plundering 69 off 36 balls. Babar kept Pakistan on track by scoring half-century (56 off 44 balls at a strike-rate of 127.27), but Akhtar felt that Babar should have batted more aggressively after the fall of Zaman’s wicket.
“Talking about his strike-rate issue – he plays from 127 to 130-135, he can accelerate. I agree Fakhar Zaman is playing quickly, you don’t need to [accelerate]. But when Zaman got out, you need to play at your own strike-rate, like Eoin Morgan, Dawid Malan and Jonny Bairstow play, they look commanding. Our players look scared. Don’t see any strength,” Akhtar said.