Former Pakistan spinner Danish Kaneria has criticized Pakistan openers Babar Azam and Mohammad Rizwan for playing a selfish brand of cricket in the ongoing T20 World Cup 2022. Meanwhile, Pakistan’s top orders are yet to fire in this tournament.
Accusing Babar Azam and Mohammad Rizwan, Danish Kaneria said on his YouTube channel: “Pakistan played Fakhar Zaman, but he came in at No. 3, but Babar Azam and Mohammad Rizwan do not want to leave their spot at the top of the order, they do not want their ranking to go down. They do not want to relinquish their spot, they do not care about the Pakistani team. They want to continue opening the batting at any cost and maintain their rankings.”
Despite a poor tournament so far, Rizwan is still the No.1 ranked T20I batter in the world. However, the in-form Suryakumar Yadav and Devon Conway are near as well. Meanwhile, Azam, who featured in the top three in the rankings, has now moved down to the fourth spot as well.
“Pakistan are expecting other teams to win or lose, to turn things in their favor. Credit to Bangladesh for defeating a team like Zimbabwe, who defeated a team like Pakistan. I cannot bear to see the way Pakistan are playing and the performances they are delivering. It was a set of low-scoring matches in Perth. Pakistan were selfish, they waited for India’s result. So, they are almost out of the World Cup,” Danish Kaneria concluded.