T20 World Cup 2024: “Babar Azam, Shaheen Afridi good friends”- Azhar Mahmood refutes Wasim Akram’s claim

Babar Azam replaced Shaheen Afridi as Pakistan T20I captain recently.

Azhar Mahmood refuted Wasim Akram's claims on Babar and Shaheen | Getty

Azhar Mahmood, Pakistan's assistant coach, has debunked Wasim Akram's claim that Babar Azam and Shaheen Shah Afridi aren't conversing right now.

Following the defeat against India on June 9, Akram chastised the players and demanded that they be fired for their poor performance and replaced with a fresh team. The famous pacer also intimated that Babar and Shaheen, two of the team's best players, were not on good terms and asked for both men to be sent home.

There are players who don’t want to talk to each other. This is international cricket, and you play for your country. Make these players sit at home,” said Akram.

Ahead of the do-or-die clash against Canada, Mahmood would put an end to the theory proposed by Akram. The Pakistan assistant coach claimed that he doesn't see any issues with both men and they're good friends.

"Wasim must have said that, but I don't know. I didn't see it. Shaheen and Babar are talking, they are good friends. They are both part of the Pakistan team," said Mahmood at the press conference.

Pakistan has had a forgettable tournament thus far, having been outclassed by the United States in the opening game. This was followed by a terrible batting performance against India, which agitated fans and critics alike.

Mahmood stated that the team management will also accept responsibility for the bad performance and that no players will be hidden.

"Now when you ask who will take responsibility – I think we all, as a team management will take responsibility. We have not lost because of anyone, it is our mistake too.

We are not hiding any players, everyone is there. Everything is there. I said earlier that we are a team. Obviously, we're sitting here, and it's our responsibility. We're not delivering. That's why I'm sitting here. Yesterday, Gary was sitting here. So definitely, it's not like we're hiding a player. They're part of us," said Mahmood.

(PTI inputs)


By Jatin Sharma - 11 Jun, 2024

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