Former Pakistan cricketer slams lack of unity in the Pakistan team after Asia Cup 2023 exit
By SMCS - Sep 17, 2023 2:26 pm
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Former Pakistan wicketkeeper Moin Khan has shared his views on the reports of arguments between Pakistan captain Babar Azam and other players like Shaheen Afridi after their Asia Cup 2023 defeat to Sri Lanka on Friday. However, Babar was reportedly angry at the performances of the senior players as they failed to qualify for the final, whereas Shaheen urged the captain to focus on the positives. Moreover, the argument seems to have shown the lack of unity in the Pakistan team as well.

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Speaking to Geo TV, Moin Khan said: “We saw in the entire tournament, I’ve commented about it earlier as well. … no player walked towards Babar. Neither Rizwan came to him, nor even the vice-captain was coming to him. No one was going to him. It felt everyone was scattered. There was no unity.”

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He further added: “It’s good that such matters have come out before the big tournament. So that, you can rectify and improve conduct. This will develop unity.”The issues should not happen during matches. This does not send a good vibe that such reports are coming out in the media about fight, argument in the dressing room.”

Shaheen Afridi
Shaheen Afridi and Haris Rauf

However, Moin Khan also lashed out at the lack of involvement of the Pakistan team’s director of cricket in the Asia Cup. He also said that the head coach and others in the dressing room could have handled the situation in a better way as well.

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“The handling has not been right. If somebody has an issue with Babar or if he is not handling the issue in the right manner in the absence of the head coach or director of cricket, who is not with the team it very unfortunate. It’s their job to intervene to handle such situation,” he concluded.