Pakistan has been struggling to find form in the ongoing ODI World Cup 2023. They have lost three consecutive matches in the tournament. After their loss against Afghanistan, skipper Babar Azam's captaincy came under scrutiny with former players and experts criticised the No.1 ODI batter. Former players like Ramiz Raja, Wasim Akram, and Shoaib Malik have lashed out at the 29-year-old batter.
They believe the skipper is way too traditional and cannot think out of the box and create any pressure in low-scoring games. Afghanistan chased 283 runs in a tricky wicket in Chennai in just two wickets. They were trashed by the Afghans. Babar has been struggling with the bat as well he has scored just two fifties and has not converted those into big scores. He has been suggested to leave the captaincy and focus on his batting skills and improve them as well.
Now, former Pakistan opener Ahmed Shehzad has stormed out at Babar and the team management for giving special consideration to certain players while exposing other players in uncomfortable situations, that are creating problems for the team and the players as well.
Few players are not welcome in the dressing room: Ahmed Shehzad
Shehzad said on ARY News, "I've talked to some players. Few players are not welcome in the dressing room. They aren't given the same level of treatment and confidence as some others. They try to keep certain players in the team and drop the others. Tayyab Tahir was brought in, he wasn't welcome, and was excluded. Saud Shakeel was brought in based on his Test performances."
He has also pointed out the omission of Usama Mir, saying, "Usama Mir, we had been saying that give him chances before the World Cup to give him confidence... see, Usama is a wrist-spinner. He's more effective when the ball is old. And he is brought in the 11th over. They're trying to save certain players and expose these players instead. We had been saying from quite some time that bring in Abrar Ahmad, mystery spinner is needed. These are our colleagues, these are our friends, and these are not welcome."