Pakistan’s participation in the Asia Cup 2022 came to an unsatisfying conclusion after the country’s squad lost to Sri Lanka in the tournament’s championship match. In the wake of the game, the batting performance of the Pakistani team came under close inspection, with the captain, Babar Azam, and Mohammad Rizwan bearing the brunt of the criticism. In the days leading up to the England series, Pakistani captain Babar Azam issued a forceful statement as a form of retaliation.
During the most recent iteration of the Asia Cup, both Babar Azam and Mohammad Rizwan came under fire for their very poor scoring rate. Aaqib Javed, a former Pakistani bowler, was critical of the selectors for continuing to use the same opening duo for the forthcoming Twenty20 World Cup even after the disastrous performance of the pair in the Asia Cup.
The captain of the Pakistani squad addressed the media in advance of the series against England. He responded to the criticism leveled by the former bowler by noting that the team does not take into consideration the views of outsiders. He made the observation that despite the fact that all players have dry spells in their careers, this does not justify personal insults from cricket gurus and retired players.
“It’s all right for him to feel that way. Everyone has their own opinion, and I think we should try to see things from Pakistan’s point of view. He might have a point of view, but we don’t pay attention to him. We don’t talk about outside matters among ourselves. There should not be any personal attacks,” said Babar Azam.