AB de Villiers shares his take on alleged rift in Pakistan camp
By SMCS - Sep 22, 2023 1:18 pm
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South African batting legend AB de Villiers shared his take on the alleged rift in the Pakistan camp after their poor performance in the Asia Cup. According to the veteran, a little bit of arguing is good as it shows that the team has more leaders as well. However, according to some reports, captain Babar Azam and left-arm pacer Shaheen Afridi were involved in a heated dressing room exchange after Pakistan’s exit from the Asia Cup as well.

Shaheen Afridi
Shaheen Afridi and Babar Azam

Speaking on the 360 show, De Villiers said, “We saw some footage in the change room, where there was a little bit of friction. A couple of fights here and there, which is absolutely normal. If I am a Pakistan supporter, I wouldn’t worry about that. I would actually be happy about that – there are some leaders standing up and making their voices heard and even arguing a little bit. There’s nothing wrong with that, you need that sometimes to settle the dust. To look each other in the eye, to tell each other – listen, this is how it’s going to work, that is not on, this is how we play. Now we are going into the World Cup, we need to man up.”

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Meanwhile, amid reports of the alleged spat, Babar Azam recently attended pace bowler Shaheen Afridi’s wedding reception as well. However, AB de Villiers is okay with a bit of tension in the dressing room, but he also admitted that Pakistan will have to pull up their socks to do well in the ODI World Cup as well.

Imam-ul-haq and Babar Azam

“I would be quietly optimistic or quietly confident as a Pakistan fan. They’ve done incredibly well to sort these things out in the dressing room. It’s always a good sign. But, at the end of the day, they’ll have to find some form on the park. We know they are capable,” AB de Villiers concluded.