New Delhi. Pakistan’s veteran cricketers Javed Miandad and Misbah-ul-Haq on Tuesday defended Babar Azam and said that he should be punished for his poor performance in the recently concluded Asia Cup. The captain should not be directly blamed, as cricket is a team game. Miandad and Misbah, at an event in Karachi, advised the country’s cricket officials to avoid showing too much panic after this defeat.
Miandad said, “Why blame only Babar Azam when the rest of the team did not perform well in the Asia Cup matches against India and Sri Lanka.” He said, “Look, our team is not as bad as it played in the Asia Cup. He has a lot of potential to perform well in the World Cup. It just remains to be seen how our players adjust to Indian conditions and a stadium full of spectators. Our players may face hostility in India.”
Misbah also said that Pakistan will do well only when all the players in the team contribute collectively. He said, “Don’t expect that Babar will perform well every time. it’s not possible. This team has been successful as a collective unit and they should remember that in India as well.” Pakistan team is going to play nine matches in the World Cup 2023 in India. Pakistan team will play against the hosts on October 14. This match will be played among one lakh spectators.
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