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Ramiz Raja rates Babar Azam's captaincy after disappointing T20 World Cup campaign

The Men in Green experienced a disappointing T20 World Cup campaign as they were eliminated from the tournament without reaching the super eight round

Ramiz Raja rates Babar Azam's captaincy after disappointing T20 World Cup campaign PHOTO: AFP

Former PCB chairman Ramiz Raja has recently discussed Pakistan's T20 World Cup performance, including his assessment of Babar Azam's captaincy, following a disappointing campaign in the tournament currently being co-hosted by the USA and West Indies.

During a recent interview at a local sports channel, when asked to rate Pakistan's batting and bowling, as well as Babar Azam's leadership on a scale of 10, Raja gave the batting a score of two and the bowling a six. 

Regarding Babar's captaincy, he rated it a five, emphasizing that a captain's effectiveness is closely tied to the team's overall performance.

"Batting would be probably a two and bowling probably a six. I would rate him (Babar) about five because a captain is as good as the team and your captaincy comes through when the team is bowling, and in the bowling department, Pakistan have not done too badly. He tried his best but the others had to put in an effort as well," Raja said.

Commenting on the reasons behind Pakistan's early exit from the tournament, the former cricketer pointed out issues with team selection consistency and preparation. 

He noted the experimental approach in the batting order and the necessity to recall retired players, questioning the effectiveness of the system in place.

"There was no consistency in selection. Their preparation was hotchpotch because they didn't know who was going to open the innings. They were in that experimental mode for a very long time. Then they had to recall retired players. Even though they have been good in patches, what does it tell of the system?" he said.

It is worth noting that the Men in Green experienced a disappointing T20 World Cup campaign as they were eliminated from the tournament without reaching the super eight round. Led by Babar Azam, the team was placed in Group A alongside India, USA, Canada, and Ireland.

They suffered consecutive defeats at the hands of the co-hosts USA and their arch-rivals India. However, they managed to win their last two group matches against Canada and Ireland, concluding their tournament with two wins and two losses, earning a total of four points.