'Children born during Covid have no idea…': Shahid Afridi loses his cool while discussing T20 World Cup capitulation

T20 World Cup: Stock image of Shahid Afridi and Babar Azam.© X (Twitter)

Denying rumors of groupism within the Pakistan camp, former captain Shahid Afridi described the new fans on social media as “born in Covid times”. Following Pakistan's early exit from the 2024 T20 World Cup, reports of the dressing room being divided into three groups have been mounting. However, Afridi rejected the allegations. He blamed this on poor performances and poor captaincy, and denied conspiracies regarding groups within the team. In particular, Afridi was very critical of Babar AzamThe captaincy is the main reason.

Appearing on Same TVa Pakistani news channel, Afridi said, “No group exists within the team. There never was. On 20, 21, 22, 23 2019, we never talked about groups are only now coming?”

“If groups form, it is a clear sign of weak leadership,” he said. “Only when performances are bad can bands be seen,” he added.

Afridi did not hesitate to accuse his fans on social media of believing and spreading rumors about groupism.

“This is the age of social media. All the children born in the Covid era have no idea about things. They only know how to use the phone, they are not educated (in cricket),” Afridi slammed .

“We are just not playing good enough cricket. Our batsmen and bowlers are not performing well,” Afridi said.

Pakistan had a dismal 2024 T20 World Cup campaign, losing their first two matches against co-hosts USA and then India. The abandonment of the USA's match against Ireland confirmed Pakistan's exit from the group stage, who can now neither match India nor the USA's points total.

The criticism came from several stalwarts of Pakistani cricket, from Wasim Akram has Shoaib Akhtar. Babar Azam's batting and captaincy were heavily criticized.

Pakistan will face Ireland in their final Group A match on Sunday, June 16, in what will be a final chance for them to regain some pride.

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