Angry Imad Wasim and Abdul Razzaq Call for Babar Azam’s Resignation.
“When you lose the World Cup, you should also give up the role of captaincy yourself,” Imad Wasim tells Babar
Pakistan skipper Babar Azam reacts during a match against New Zealand played at M. Chinnaswamy Stadium, Bengaluru, India on November 4, 2023. —Reuters
Calls for Babar Azam’s resignation as the captain of the Pakistan cricket team are intensifying following the team’s subpar performance in the ongoing ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup 2023. The Men in Green, having won only four out of eight games, currently sit in fifth position with a net run rate (NRR) of 0.036, placing them on the brink of elimination from the tournament.
Former all-rounder Abdul Razzaq, speaking on the Geo News program ‘Harna Mana Hai,’ expressed the opinion that Babar should voluntarily step down from the captaincy, citing Virat Kohli’s improved performance after relinquishing the captain’s role. Razzaq highlighted concerns about team selection over the past two years.
Imad Wasim, another all-rounder, echoed the sentiment, advising Babar to resign from the captaincy after a World Cup loss, emphasizing the principle of taking responsibility.
Pacer Muhammad Amir contributed to the debate, attributing Pakistan’s struggles to “bad selection” for the World Cup team, particularly in their four consecutive losses.
Sources revealed that Babar Azam is contemplating stepping down as the captain of white-ball cricket after the tournament. The 29-year-old has sought guidance from former PCB chairman Ramiz Raja and close associates regarding his future. During training at Kolkata’s Eden Gardens, Babar sought advice from Raja, and his close aides are reportedly recommending he step down from leadership across all three formats.
Despite entering the World Cup as the top-ranked ODI batter, Babar’s average of 40.28 has lagged behind teammates, and his leadership has faced criticism. While denying that the captaincy has impacted his batting form, Babar acknowledged underperformance in the World Cup and expressed openness to decisions upon returning to Pakistan.
With calls for his resignation growing, Babar emphasized that everyone has an opinion on his leadership and performance, inviting constructive advice while noting the ease of offering opinions on TV.