Former spin bowler Saeed Ajmal said that Babar Azam shouldn’t be called selfish. On Wednesday, Babar scored 79 runs, but Pakistan lost to New Zealand by 79 runs.
New Delhi,UPDATED: Jan 13, 2023 08:09 IST
If Babar is selfish, then Pakistan need two to three additional such players: Saeed Ajmal. Courtesy: AP
By India Today Web Desk: Former spinner Saeed Ajmal reckoned that calling Babar Azam selfish is uncalled for and that his negative aspects of the game can be rectified with time.
On Wednesday, January 11, Pakistan lost to New Zealand by 79 runs as the three-match ODI series currently stands at 1-1. Babar was the lone ranger for the Men in Green after he scored 79 runs off 114 balls with the help of eight fours and one six.
After coming to bat in the third over with Pakistan’s score at 6 for one while chasing 262, Babar stayed in the middle until the 43rd over. But once Ish Sodhi dismissed him stumped, the match at the National Stadium in Karachi was all over bar the shouting.
Ajmal, in the meantime, backed Babar amidst all the criticism faced by the all-format Pakistan skipper.
“If Babar Azam is selfish, then we need two to three additional such players in the team. Babar Azam is a good player and any negative aspect of his game can be rectified,” Ajmal was quoted as saying.
Ajmal was also of the opinion that if Pakistan wish to bring in different skippers, then they should only appoint two, one for red-ball and the other for white-ball.
“There is no need for separate captains in all three formats. If they still want to do it, then they should only opt for separate captains in white and red-ball cricket,” he stated.
The third and final ODI of the series is scheduled to take place on Friday, January 13 in Karachi. Babar is currently the leading run-scorer of the series, having notched 145 runs at an average of 72.50 and a strike-rate of 73.98 with two half-centuries.