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'Let Somebody Else Have Headache' - Legendary Englishman On Babar Azam's Move

image-lpb0popzBabar Azam (Twitter)

Former England cricketer David Lloyd lauded Babar Azam's timely decision to quit all-format leadership of Pakistan following the severe criticism and brutal brickbats faced from fans and former cricketers for his team's pre-semifinal exit from the ICC World Cup 2023 in India. 

Right throughout the campaign, Babar confronted the worst of social media and ex contemporaries and players, who made nasty remarks against him for his decision-making and seemed on a personal agenda to axe a grind with the modern-day batting giant. 

With deep holes in their inexperienced line-up, Pakistan managed just four wins in their nine league matches and crashed out of the knock-outs contention. Babar's batting fell equally under the scanner for once as he couldn't quite perform at his best and finished the tournament with 320 runs over nine innings on high-scoring surfaces. 

The popular cricketer also found himself in the midst of an embarrassing controversy when the existing PCB regime led by chairman Zaka Ashraf decided to reveal his personal Whatsapp messages sent to the administrators to assert that the outside allegations of a rift between the two parties were wrong. 

Lloyd Supports Babar Azam's Decision To Quit Captaincy 

It was a build-up to Babar eventually relinquishing the captaincy post from Tests, ODIs and T20Is together. In an emotional statement, the 29-year-old said it was a "difficult decision" but one taken in his and Pakistan's best interest.

A section of the media and former cricketers still lambasted Babar with accusations of crumbling under the weight of pressure and expectations but some vocally supported his move to focus solely on his batting and trying to fulfil the ambitions of dominating world cricket with bat in hand. 

"The easiest part [of captaincy] is changing the bowling and setting the field. All the political stuff when it comes off and post mortem about the losses is chaotic," Lloyd was quoted as saying by 'Cricket Pakistan' during a media interaction.


"Babar Azam is one of the great players of the world at the minute. Just get on with playing and let somebody else have the headache," he added.