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'Done Wrong With Shaheen, Babar's No Dhoni' - Shehzad Criticizes Pakistan Captain

Ahmed Shehzad Criticizes Babar Azam's Captaincy Reappointment [x.com]Ahmed Shehzad Criticizes Babar Azam's Captaincy Reappointment [x.com]

Former Pakistan cricketer Ahmed Shehzad has expressed his displeasure over the reappointment of Babar Azam as Pakistan's white-ball captain ahead of the T20 World Cup 2024.

Shehzad believes that Babar Azam's leadership hasn't yielded significant results, making him unworthy of leading the team in his fifth ICC event.

Speaking on Geo TV, Ahmed Shehzad compared Babar's tenure with that of Sarfaraz Ahmed, who led Pakistan to victory in the 2017 Champions Trophy.

"They [Sarfaraz Ahmed and Co.] produced the results and won the Champions Trophy. It justifies, you also win this event and justify. However, you've got a longer run, one captain doesn't get five events. You were removed and then brought back," Shehzad stated.

Shehzad further questioned the Pakistan Cricket Board's (PCB) decision to replace Shaheen Afridi with Babar after just five matches, following a series loss against New Zealand.

"I understand if you were MS Dhoni that you were brought back. But no. It’s wrong with Shaheen, you made him captain for two matches and then you removed him," he added.

Reports suggest that Shaheen Afridi declined the offer to serve as Babar's deputy for the T20 World Cup 2024. This internal strife could potentially impact Pakistan's performance on the field.

The recent controversies within the team, including Babar's preference for certain players despite their poor form, have only fueled the drama.

"Look, he is carrying players for a long run. The players are out of form for a long time. It doesn’t look good. If I count the number of matches, you’ll realize players don’t get that long run. If there were any other captain, he wouldn’t have carried players for 35-40 games. He should have thought about himself," Shehzad said.

Looking forward, Pakistan will kick off their T20 World Cup 2024 campaign against the United States on June 6 in Dallas.