Pakistan cricket team captain Babar Azam© AFP
Former Pakistani fast bowler Mohammad Amir blown power skipper Babar Azam for the team’s disappointing performance in the Cricket World Cup 2023. Pakistan lost five out of their nine group stage matches and missed out on the semi-finals. Amir was not convinced by the former Pakistan cricketer Ramiz Raja‘s suggestion that it was not Babar but the system in Pakistan that was to blame for the elimination. Reacting to the statements in a recent interaction, Amir recalled trophies won in the past and emphasized the impact the former skipper had on the national team.
“Captain matters. What is the system? It is not a wall. Five and six people have been given the responsibility to run the Pakistan cricket. A captain is also one of them. In 1992 under Imran Khan we won the world cup, the system was the same. In 1999 our team was a world champion which reached the final. We won the 2009 T20 World Cup under the same system, we won the 2017 Champions Trophy under the same system,” Amir said on a show.Haarana Mana Hay‘ on Geo news.
Amir also mentioned the example of England who also had a terrible run in Cricket World Cup 2023.
“Babar has been the captain for the last four years. He has built his team on his own. Buttler is not part of our system, why did England play so badly? Does the system in England also need a makeover? After the 2015 debacle, Morgan said I want to play this type of cricket, I want these 25 players. The system remained the same, it is the captain who changed his thinking. England struggled in Test cricket for two years. Joe Root was the captain. The system is the same, but we say that England’s Test cricket has changed. It was Ben Stokeswho changed his approach.”
“As long as the captain’s mindset doesn’t change, the system can’t do anything. Was it the system that told him not to play Abrar Ahmad or to bench Fakhar after the first game,” added Amir.
The former fast bowler even hit name-droppers MS Dhoni to drive his point home.
“We say Dhoni changed India’s cricket but he never changed the system. People kept saying how long will he keep giving Jadeja and Ashwin chances. And now we say Jadeja is the best all-rounder in the world. MS Dhoni has given them the team,” he concluded.
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