T20 World Cup: Pakistani team divided, players do not respect Babar Azam; factionalism in PCB too

The Pakistan cricket team is embroiled in controversies during the T20 World Cup 2024. After losing to hosts USA and arch-rivals India, Pakistan is on the verge of being eliminated in the first round itself. Meanwhile, there is news that the team has split in two. The whole uproar has arisen due to the removal of Shaheen Afridi from captaincy and then making Babar Azam the captain.

The situation is that Babar does not like some players and some do not respect them. The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) has indicated big changes, but there is factionalism in the board as well. According to the Cricket Pakistan website, sources have revealed deep differences within the national team. It has been said that factionalism is taking place among the players.

Players talking when needed

The captaincy dispute has turned friends into rivals. Many players only interact when necessary, reflecting the fragmented state of the team. Board officials are reportedly surprised by the extent of differences among the 15-member squad. Sources say that till some time ago, Babar Azam and Shaheen Afridi had such a friendship that “even thinking about changing the captain seemed a crime.

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Trolling of those who criticize players

However, when Shaheen replaced Babar as captain and he accepted the responsibility, their relationship became strained. The situation became more complicated because many of the star players of the team have the same agent, who also has close ties with former cricketers. Due to this network of support, anyone who criticises these star players gets trolled on social media.

Why did Shaheen Afridi feel sad?

Officials believe this has tarnished Babar’s image beyond cricket, causing problems within the team. After being removed from captaincy, Babar’s talks with the board almost broke down, but it improved after the new management came in. Shaheen being removed from captaincy after one series and issuing fake statements in the media made him extremely sad.

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Babar is not getting respect as a captain

Although he was unofficially offered the vice-captaincy, the board officially refused it, which further increased his displeasure. Despite these issues, Shaheen continued to perform well for the team. Sources reveal that Babar is not getting the respect he deserves as a captain. The players feel that he does not support them when needed.

Factionalism within the board

Imad Wasim and Mohammad Aamir are not liked by the PCB, but both were included in the team after withdrawing their retirement, which affected the team combination. Meanwhile, Shadab Khan and Iftikhar Ahmed continued to get opportunities despite poor performances. The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) was aware of these issues before the World Cup, but decided not to take immediate action given the importance of the tournament. There are also reports of factionalism within the board, with members acting as each other’s shield. Chairman Mohsin Naqvi has also hinted at changes in the national team, so many important changes are expected after the World Cup. There may also be some surprising decisions.

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