Trouble In Pakistan Team: Babar Azam Publicly Criticises Decision To Change His Batting Order


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Former Pakistan captain Babar Azam's public expression of his unhappiness at being asked to bat at number three in T20Is shows that all is not well in the national team dressing room. It all started when the top-order batsman was forced to step down as leader in all three formats by the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB). Babar made his feelings clear while speaking to the media during the Pakistan Super League on Tuesday that he was not satisfied with the decision to bat at number three during the New Zealand T20I in January.

Pakistan lost the series 1–4 after the successful opening pair of Babar and Muhammad Rizwan broke down and the latter opened with young Sam Ayub.

“This was the demand of the Pakistan team at that time. I did this for Pakistan.”

Babar said, “If I was asked personally, I was not satisfied with the decision to bat at one down position. However, I did it for Pakistan.”

He also clarified that he did not take any pressure opening in the shortest format for Pakistan or his PSL franchise Peshawar Zalmi.

Earlier, Rizwan had also expressed his unhappiness over the change in the batting order and said that the management's decision was not useful and caused loss to the team.

“You can say that [breaking the opening pair] Has caused harm to Pakistan. I can say that Babar Bhai has a very big heart.

After losing the fourth T20I against New Zealand, Rizwan said, “We both agreed that there is no problem. We both told the management that they can try whatever combination they want.”

Former Pakistan team director Muhammad Hafeez and new T20 captain Shaheen Shah Afridi had initiated the change in the batting order.

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