Babar Azam is facing heavy criticism amidst Pakistan’s group-round exit from the ICC World Cup 2023 and demands for his step down from the captaincy of Pakistan cricket continues to grow.

Pakistan team had a slim hope of qualifying for the final four by defeating England with a hefty margin in their final group match.

However, The Men in Green lost to England by 93 runs and were consequently knocked out. Pakistan only won four out of nine games and finished on fifth position.

Babar Azam’s former teammate in Pakistan as well as Karachi Kings, Imad Wasim has also resounded the same sentiment as many others.

Speaking on a private news channel, all-rounder Imad Wasim suggested that Babar step down as the team’s skipper. Wasim emphasized, “When you lose the World Cup, you should also give up the role of captaincy yourself.”

He also mentioned that no other captain has done that in the past, but Babar Azam should gracefully leave the captaincy and set an example.

Former all-rounder Abdul Razzaq echoed this sentiment, stating that Babar should leave the captaincy voluntarily and set an example.

He pointed out that players like Virat Kohli performed well after relinquishing the captaincy. Razzaq also criticized the team selection, noting clear signs of issues in the last two years.

Pacer Muhammad Amir joined the debate, attributing Pakistan’s four consecutive losses in the World Cup to “bad selection” in the tournament.

“Only one word — bad selection — for the World Cup team,” said Amir summing up Pakistan’s journey in the World Cup.

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