PAK vs CAN: Azhar Mahmood Hits Back at Wasim Akram for Spreading False Rumours About a Rift Between Babar Azam and Shaheen Afridi - Latest Global News

PAK vs CAN: Azhar Mahmood Hits Back at Wasim Akram for Spreading False Rumours About a Rift Between Babar Azam and Shaheen Afridi

Amid speculation about an alleged discord between Babar Azam and Shaheen Shah Afridi, the legendary pacer Wasim Akram heated up the mood by breaking up a fight between these star players of the Pakistani national cricket team after their defeat against India in the current ICC T20 World Cup 2024.

Akram made these remarks after the Pakistan cricket team suffered a narrow six-run defeat to the Indian team in the group match of the ongoing T20 World Cup 2024 in New York on Sunday.

Notably, the reports of disagreement came to light after Babar lost his captaincy and Afridi was named Pakistan’s T20I captain before the star batsman was reinstated as white-ball captain.

Azhar Mahmood reacts to Wasim Akram’s sensational claims about a dispute among Pakistani players

The former captain of Pakistan Wasim Akram had said: “There are players who don’t want to talk to each other. This is international cricket and everyone plays for their country. Let those players sit at home.”

However, Pakistan’s assistant coach Azhar Mahmood refuted his old buddy Akram’s claims and insisted that Babar and Afridi had a friendly relationship and actually spoke to each other.

Mahmood stressed that both players were important members of the Pakistan national cricket team and that there was great camaraderie between them off the field as well, thus refuting the rumours of a feud within the cricket fraternity.

The alleged rift between Babar Azam and Shaheen AfridiMahmood stressed the collective responsibility of the Pakistan team management and said any shortcomings could not be attributed to individual players.

Well, Pakistan’s assistant coach has reiterated that the team is united and responsible and that no player is sidelined or hidden from anything. Moreover, Mahmood stressed that collective efforts are required to improve Pakistan’s recent performance in the ongoing T20 World Cup 2024.

While the “Men in Green” face challenges, the coach reiterated the team’s determination to overcome obstacles together and achieve better results in the remaining two matches of the major event against Canada and Ireland.

Azhar Mahmood rejects allegations of a quarrel between Shaheen Afridi and Babar Azam

Azhar Mahmood told the media at the pre-match press conference: Wasim must have said that, but I don’t know. I didn’t see it. Shaheen and Babar are definitely talking to each other, they are good friends. They are both part of the Pakistan team. Now if you ask who will take responsibility – I think all of us, as team management, will take responsibility. We didn’t lose because of anyone, it is our mistake too.”

Mahmood further explained: “We are not hiding any players, everyone is there. Everything is there. I said earlier that we are a team. Of course we are sitting here and it is our responsibility. We are not delivering. That is why I am sitting here. Yesterday Gary was sitting here. So it is definitely not like we are hiding any player. They are part of us.”

The Pakistani coach also revealed that the overall morale of the team is currently at rock bottom. Therefore, it is important to boost morale first as he is convinced that the ‘Men in Green’ can bounce back in the ongoing T20 World Cup 2024. He stressed that Pakistan will not give up hope until it is all over.

In the end, Mahmood blamed the Pakistani batsmen for their poor shot selection that led to their embarrassing defeat to India. He concluded the match by saying, “Our shot selection was not right. We lost as a team and cannot put the blame on individual players.”

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