Srinagar: Pakistan Cricket team skipper Babar Azam has reacted strongly to former Pakistan cricketer Aaqib Javed’s criticism by saying that team doesn’t listen to what is said outside the dressing room.
Pakistan cricket team came under severe criticism after suffering defeat in the final of Asia Cup 2022 at the hands of Sri Lanka.
Aaqib Javed was one amoung the former players to brutally criticise Babar Azam.
Ahead of the start of the England series at home on Tuesday, Babar was asked by a reporter on the same and Babar said, “Agar unko lagta hoga ki out na kaare toh achhi baat hain mere liye. Har ek ka apna point of view hota hain. I think it’s better if we focus now on Pakistan team. Logon ki apni opinion hoti hain. Na unki hum sunte hain ki woh kya keh rahein hain, bahar ki batein humlog andar nehi laate na unse sunte he. Aap baat karein but mere kheyal se jab aap in cheezon se guzre hote hain and saare players in cheezon se guzre hain toh pata hain kitna mushkil hota hain, kitna pressure hota hain responsibilities hote hain so personal attacks nehi hone chaiye, me puri team ki baat kar raha hu. (It’s okay if he feels that way. Everyone has their point of view and I think it’s better we think from Pakistan’s perspective. He might have his opinion; however, we don’t listen to him. We don’t discuss outer talks within the team. Every player has gone through tough situations in their career so there shouldn’t be any personal attacks)”.
Earlier in an interview with Pak.TV, the Aaqib Javed had criticised the selectors’ decision to rely on Babar and Rizwan as the openers, despite their strike rate issues.
“Our only mindset is to persist with these two openers and rely on them. They are effective, but where? When you have scores of 150-160 or lower. When we have a match with Karachi Kings and the total is 180+, we never really tried or wished to get Babar Azam out early. He bats at his own pace, and the (required) run rate keeps rising. Mohammad Rizwan also did well in the PSL, but when these two bat together, you see similar performances from them,” he said.