Pakistan’s shambolic display against a second-string England side in the ODI series has not gone too well with fans, experts, and critics. After Ramiz Raja, former Pakistan fast bowler Shoaib Akhtar came hard at the team and highlighted the lack of stars and quality players in the team.
Now Pakistan captain Babar Azam, who scored a classy 158 in the third and final ODI, has commented on Akhtar’s statement in a virtual press conference on Wednesday, July 14. The skipper was certainly not impressed by the pacer’s comment and said that he wouldn’t argue with Akhtar but emphasized that all his players are committed to giving their 100 per cent on the field.
Pakistan performed well in the final ODI wherein their batters finally stepped up and posted 331 runs onboard. But in the end, that too was not enough as the team again had to endure heartbreak, as England chased the target with three wickets to spare.
“I think he [Shoaib Akhtar] doesn’t think so, but all the players are giving their 100 per cent everywhere. I think you should ask him who a star is and who isn’t. I can’t argue or give comments on this,” Babar said.
“If we talk about the batting, the ball was coming on with a bit of double pace early on. We were trying to get a partnership going. The longer we took it, the better for us because we could have recovered towards the end. I had a partnership with Imam and then another good one with Mohammad Rizwan. I think the score was enough. We could have scored more but lost some back-to-back wickets,” he said to Cricket Pakistan.
Pakistan collectively failed to get going and that resulted in the team not able to post a threat to the England side, who had a collective experience of just 124 international games. But Azam is confident of his team turning a corner in the coming few games.
“Waqar [Younis] bhai has been working with all bowlers. I think the bowlers didn’t bowl their line and lengths right on the pitch. The bowlers had given outstanding performances in our recent home and away series. Everyone has bad days, but I will back my team. We will try to sit down and discuss our mistakes. When you sit down and discuss, it makes things easier. I will keep trying to back my team and the more I do it, the better it is for the team. Our bowlers have won us many matches and will continue to do so,” he concluded.
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