Shan Masood, another member of the national squad, has defended Babar Azam in the face of harsh criticism from former teammates about his leadership. The 33-year-old has praised Azam for being a superb leader and said that in order for him to put on a strong performance, his squad must back him.
Notably, many ex-players have criticised Babar for his captaincy, notably Kamran Akmal, Shoaib Akhtar, and Dinesh Kaneria. The criticism increased after Pakistan lost in the T20 World Cup and Asia Cup finals in 2022, but according to Masood, the team seems unconcerned.
We were willing to sacrifice our lives for Sarfaraz Ahmed when he served as our captain, and we are now willing to sacrifice our lives for Babar Azam. Heis a great leader who requires the team’s support. As a team, we want to play for the nation and do everything in our power to accomplish this,” the 33-year-old was quoted as saying by The Indian Express.
We frequently see news reports criticising the squad, but we don’t let them upset us since we all want to represent our country on the field, Masood continued.
As the Peshawar Zalmi team captain in the ongoing Pakistan Super League (PSL), Babar has recently responded to all of the accusations and claimed that no one will ever talk well of him.
Because it is unlikely that everyone will support you, criticism will continue. Every timeTry to be upbeat since it boosts my confidence, Azam had said the previous week.
Shaheen Afridi receives compliments from Shan Masood
Following the speedster Shaheen Shah Afridi’s outstanding performance in the current PSL, Masood showered him with praise. The 22-year-old has played in seven games so far and taken 10 wickets, becoming the most successful skipper in PSL history (70% victory percentage). Speaking of the pacer, Masood said that despite being the best bowler in the world right now, he is really challenging to play.
Shaheen is now the best bowler in the world, so if you are surviving his first over and hitting a six as well, you are playing extremely well,” statedthe batter in first place.