'Bloody Dumb Captain' - Former Pakistan Spinner Slams Babar Azam & Team Management
Naseem Shah injured during the Asia Cup [AP]
Former Pakistan spinner Danish Kaneria has launched a scathing attack on Pakistan's cricket captain, Babar Azam, and the team's coaching staff, accusing them of mismanaging their fast bowlers amidst escalating injuries.
Kaneria's criticism, which was posted on Twitter, comes hot on the heels of right-arm pacer Naseem Shah's shoulder injury, casting doubt on his participation in the upcoming 2023 World Cup.
Naseem Shah, a renowned speedster, has been a vital component of Pakistan's bowling arsenal. However, his recent fitness woes have raised doubts about his inclusion in the ODI World Cup 2023.
The injury occurred during a crucial moment in the Asia Cup Super 4 match against India when Naseem Shah was forced to leave the field due to a shoulder injury. This setback prevented him from taking part in the subsequent match against Sri Lanka, where he was replaced by Zaman Khan. Unfortunately, Pakistan's campaign in the Asia Cup came to an end as they failed to secure a spot in the final.
Taking to social media, Danish Kaneria didn't mince his words and criticized the team management and selectors on Twitter.
"Why do Pakistan management and selectors not know Sri Lanka is humid and hot? Fast bowlers need rest and fresh to go hard in the tournament. Bloody dumb captain and selection that’s why we rout of finals idiots treat our gem like precious."
The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) has acknowledged the seriousness of Naseem's injury and has announced its intention to seek a second medical opinion. However, early indications suggest that Naseem Shah might miss the entire tournament, raising concerns about Pakistan's prospects in the 2023 World Cup.
With Naseem's injury woes and the uncertainties surrounding his participation, Pakistan's World Cup hopes are hanging by a thread. The cricketing community and fans worldwide are anxiously awaiting updates on this talented young bowler's condition.
Despite facing injury troubles and struggling with out-of-form players, the Pakistani cricket team failed to live up to the high expectations placed upon them, ultimately exiting the Asia Cup tournament
The Pakistan cricket team is scheduled to depart for India on September 25 via Dubai, with their arrival in Hyderabad set for September 27.