“Decision About Declaration…”: Shahid Afridi Opens Up On Babar Azam’s Risky Step vs New Zealand

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Pakistan captain Babar Azam Ended 2022 as the highest run-scorer in international cricket. Despite a lackluster outing in the 2022 World T20, the 28-year-old batsman scored 2598 runs in the calendar year. While things have been good for the batsman, Babar has not had a good year as captain. Things turned sour for him after Pakistan were whitewashed in the three-match Test series against England at home. It was a big shock for Babar as many cricket experts and fans questioned his captaincy.

Babar’s announcement against New Zealand on Day 5 of the recently concluded first Test invited further criticism as Pakistan narrowly escaped defeat.

On Day 5 of the Karachi Test vs New Zealand, Pakistan declared with just 15 overs to play, setting a target of 138 for the visitors. In return, the Blackcaps responded well with the bat. However, the game had to be stopped early due to bad light interference in the eighth over.

Many pundits have criticized Babar for making the announcement at such a crucial time in the game but former Pakistan captain and interim chief selector Shaheed Afridi supported Batter and assured him full support from the selection committee.

“Babar Azam is the backbone of the Pakistan team and we will support him. His decision to announce yesterday (Friday) was a good one. As a selection committee, we want to work on Babar’s shoulders. I liked the way he addressed the media and said that the team Just focusing on the game and not bothering about what’s happening off the field. So, that’s what we want from Babar and our entire committee is there to support him.” Afridi told the media.

Coming to the match Ish Sodhi Taking 6 for 86 and threatening New Zealand in the first two sessions on the fifth and final day, Pakistan fought back before declaring their second innings at 311 for 8.

This set New Zealand a tough target of 138 runs to win in 15 overs and the chase ended in fading light at 61 for 1. Tom Latham Unbeaten by 35 runs Devon Conway 18.

Michael Bracewell The only wicket fell for three runs.

Sodhi bettered his previous best of 4 with 60 against Zimbabwe in Bulawayo four years ago.

Babar Azam scored 161 runs in the first innings for Pakistan Imam-ul-Haq He scored 96 runs in the second innings. For New Zealand, Ken Williamson The star brought up his fifth Test double century.

(with AFP input)

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