Former Pakistani cricketer Mohammad Hafeez has come forward in support of Babar Azam’s captaincy after he found himself in hot water for a poor T20 World Cup 2022 stint. The ex-player believes Azam should not be solely considered to blame, as the management and other players are also responsible.
Earlier, Hafeez termed Azam’s captaincy as a sacred cow and has taken a U-turn while heaping praises on him after a few days. While seconding his recent performances, Hafeez has put firm belief in him and opening partner Mohammad Rizwan saying they just need to improve their strike rates and are yet the number one opening pair.
While loading Azam and backing him, Hafeez says,
He believes although the right-handed batter has not captained much in his domestic tenure, he has been trying to loom up in the national fold brilliantly.
He understands that the team has made mistakes in the ongoing edition of the World Cup, but it does not make them less of the expert. Just like every other fan, Zimbabwe’s loss is yet indigestible to him, and he feels betterment can be made. However, standing with his team, he says the players feel the defeat more than a fan.
Notably, Mohammad Haris was included in the team’s match against South Africa; Hafeez comprehends that the decision must have been made for a purpose. He expresses that settling on the best combination takes time since the management is giving tries to several line-ups to select the best suited.
While opening up on his retirement, the ex-player says he was hurt when Shoaib Malik was not picked for the squad. It is pertinent to mention here that Hafeez, in his recent tweet, advised Malik to retire from international cricket just like him, with grace, since the selection process can be hurtful at times.