Pakistan has performed poorly in the ODI World Cup 2023. They have been knocked out of the competition as they failed to chase an impractical target of 338 runs in 6.2 overs against defending champions England in their last group-stage match of the tournament. Babar Azam's captaincy has been scrutinised after the team's dismal show in the mega event. Several former players and experts have lashed out at him for his poor leadership skills.
Several former players and experts have asked Babar to be removed from the captaincy. Team's vice-captain Shadab Khan has dropped a comment amid the controversy, he believes that the skipper is not fully responsible for the poor show but the whole team is accountable for the very reason. This is the second consecutive time that they failed to qualify for the knockouts.
The 29-year-old batter has faced several criticisms as he did not lead his side from the front. He failed to have the No.1 batter impact and lost his place the mid-way of the tournament. Babar could only score four half-centuries in 9 innings scoring 320 runs as well.
I have let myself down, I didn't live up to my potential as a bowler that has impacted the team's performance: Shadab Khan
Shadab said, after their loss against England, "This represents a cultural difference. When we emerge victorious, it is attributed solely to the captain's triumph. But in times of defeat, the responsibility for the loss falls squarely on the captain's shoulders. This should change."
"I have let myself down, I didn't live up to my potential as a bowler that has impacted the team's performance. You always try to win a tournament, this could not happen. We are out of the semifinals. Coaches, players, support staff everyone is disappointed. Whenever a tournament starts, we have to improve in all three departments. As a team, we failed to adapt to modern-day cricket."
The Men in Green won their first two matches of the tournament and then lost four matches in a row then won the next two games, but eventually lost the last one. They finished 5th in the points table.