Ramiz Raja slams Pakistan critics for criticizing Babar Azam
By SMCS - Oct 6, 2022 2:46 pm
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Pakistan captain Babar Azam has dominated the ICC T20I rankings as the No.1 ranked batter for quite a long time. However, he faced criticism recently owing to his batting strike rate, along with Mohammad Rizwan, which critics claim is the primary reason behind Pakistan’s struggle in the shortest format. However Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) chief Ramiz Raja has slammed at these criticisms which have left him furious as well.

Babar Azam
Babar Azam failed to do much

Speaking to Samaa TV during an interview, Ramiz admitted that the Pakistan team did not do well in the Asia Cup final against Sri Lanka where they were the favourites, but added that the criticisms against the side have been harsh too.

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Explaining his point of view, Ramiz Raja also said that when Kohli had scored a century against Afghanistan, Indian fans and media had forgotten about their entire Asia Cup performance where they had failed to reach the final despite being the favourites. He feels that Pakistan fans wouldn’t have done the same had Babar scored a hundred and would have instead criticised him by comparing his strike rate as well.

Babar Azam
Babar Azam was angry at the umpire

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“Previously we used to falter at the very first hurdle. Yes we reached the final and yes we did not play well. But it’s okay to have a bad day. But there were others teams as well in the Asia Cup. I mean then India should then have been severely criticised for not reaching the final. But that is not what their fans and media do. I’ll tell you…when Virat Kohli scored a century against Afghanistan, they forgot their entire Asia Cup. Will we ever do that? What we say is that Babar Azam scored a ton, but his strike rate was 135 while David Warner’s was 147.3. So this is useless,” Ramiz Raja concluded.