Former Pakistan Legend Slams Babar Azam and Pakistan Cricket Board After Terrible Performance at 2024 T20 World Cup- “Who made Babar Azam the captain in the first place?”

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Babar Azam

After Pakistan’s recent dismal performance in the T20 World Cup, questions have arisen about Babar Azam’s leadership. Former Pakistan pacer Shoaib Akhtar didn’t mince words when he asked, “Who made Babar Azam the captain in the first place? Who was the Einstein by the way? Does he qualify for this job? Does he even know a thing or two about captaincy?” Akhtar believes that Babar isn’t cut out for captaincy and should bat at number 4, playing the role of a finisher.

Babar scored the most runs for Pakistan at the T20 World Cup in 2024. He scored 120 runs in four innings at a strike rate of 101.66, something which has received severe scrutiny from fans as well as many former cricketers.

Babar Azam

What’s Next For Babar Azam?

When asked about Babar Azam’s future Shoib Akhtar stated “What’s going to happen to Babar now? He is now going to come down at number 4. He has to finish the games. He has to win the games, if he doesn’t, he won’t be able to keep his place in T20I. I am telling you right now. He won’t be able to find his place in ODIs if he can’t finish. The finisher Babar has to come out again.”

Interestingly, former Pakistan captain Imran Khan had previously recommended Babar’s name for captaincy, praising his world-class abilities. Imran emphasized that a captain should command respect and considered Babar the right choice.
However, Shoaib Akhtar’s scathing remarks have ignited a debate about leadership decisions in Pakistan cricket. Babar had stepped down from captaincy across all formats after Pakistan’s poor run in the ODI World Cup last year.
Shaheen Afridi briefly took over as the T20I captain, but new PCB chairman Mohsin Naqvi reinstated Babar Azam as the white-ball captain earlier this year. Was Babar Azam’s captaincy decision a stroke of genius or a questionable move? Only time will tell if Babar can prove his mettle and lead Pakistan to success on the international stage.