'If you want to drop Babar Azam…': Shahid Afridi's million dollar question at PCB

Shahid Afridi feels that PCB cannot drop Babar Azam as they do not have a replacement for him.© X (Twitter)

After Pakistan's elimination from the ongoing T20 World Cup, reports circulated on social media that the selection committee was considering the future of 8-9 stars, including the captain. Babar Azam, who has been under the scanner of former players. Former Pakistani captains like Wasim Akram, Salman Butt and Shahid Afridi questioned Babar's role as the team's leader, while criticizing him for his form. Babar had resigned as captain after the ODI World Cup last year, but was reappointed by new PCB chief Mohsin Naqvi.

Reacting to rumors that Babar was dropped from the team, Shahid Afridi shared his views on the same. The legendary all-rounder suggested that Pakistan could not afford to drop Babar as they did not have a replacement for him.

“I saw on social media that they wanted to give up 8-9 players. I don't know what the reality is but that can't happen. You can give up 8-9 players when the next group is ready to take over. If you don't want to drop Babar, not as a player, do you have someone to replace him? Do you have a replacement for Rizwan on our bench? so hard when you have a new one? It's like blaming the players after the world and starting from scratch and months before the next World Cup, you're still experimenting with the team, it's not good.” , Afridi said in a video uploaded on his YouTube channel.

Afridi also urged the PCB to prioritize the selection of high-performing players in the domestic circuit, rather than picking players randomly based on a few good knocks.

“If we continue to select players on the basis of 2-3 innings and ignore the stars of domestic cricket, it will be tough on those who have been playing in the domestic circuit for years,” he added.

Pakistan withdrew from the T20 World Cup after the United States' match against Ireland was canceled due to rain in Florida.

Babar and Co. will play their last match of the group stage against Ireland at the same venue on Sunday.

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