Former cricket players have expressed their dismay at Pakistan’s disappointing exit from the ICC World Cup, highlighting the need for significant improvements. They stress that it’s unfair to solely blame Captain Babar Azam for the team’s fate.
Pakistan’s 93-run loss to England in Kolkata dashed their slim hopes of reaching the semi-finals, prompting former Pakistan captain Ramiz Raja to remark that Babar seemed “depressed” due to the reaction back home. There have been doubts about Babar’s captaincy, including accusations of a lack of aggression. Ramiz criticized the overall system affecting the team’s performance, particularly the bowlers’ performance.
Former captain Wasim Akram emphasized that blaming the captain alone was unjust, attributing the team’s struggles to systemic issues.
Other Pakistani cricketers, like Shoaib Malik and Shoaib Akhtar, shared their disappointment. Malik pointed out the lack of resources and strategic acumen from the captain, while Shoaib emphasized the team’s evident lack of intent. In a social media post, Shoaib wrote, “The conclusion of a disappointing campaign for Pakistan. They never truly found their stride. The absence of intent was glaring. There’s a lot of work to be done, but intent is the first step.