Former Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) chief Ramiz Raja didn’t hold back in his criticism of Pakistan’s performance in the Asia Cup Super Four. The defeat to Sri Lanka following a huge loss to India drew sharp comments from Raja, who voiced concerns about the team’s mindset and leadership under Babar Azam.
Raja began by addressing Pakistan’s demeanor on the field.
“They appeared fearful and timid, and they failed to win the game. The top order, including Babar Azam, appeared overly cautious. They were powerless,” he said.
India’s all-round dominance in the Asia Cup Super Four had left Pakistan thoroughly dismantled. Virat Kohli and KL Rahul’s batting prowess, with scores of 122 and 111 respectively, put India in a commanding position. In response, Pakistan could only muster 128 runs, leading to a staggering 228-run defeat.
“Pakistan’s psychological state has been damaged by the massive loss to India. They appeared to be carrying that defeat into this game as well. The team’s timid demeanour against Sri Lanka appeared to be the product of this lingering psychological effect,” he added.
Raja did not shy away from questioning the team’s selection and Babar Azam’s leadership. He voiced concerns about the inclusion of the out-of-form Fakhar Zaman.
“Nowadays, Fakhar Zaman is a walking wicket. His posture and manner seem alarming. I think he himself should refuse to play,” Raja said.
Additionally, Raja expressed reservations about Babar Azam’s performance.
“Babar has had trouble on a slower track, with the exception of one or two innings. He also needs to do a better job as captain. He must take decisions with authority,” he concluded.