Akmal slammed Babar's captaincy skills, saying that even after four years of being in the position, he still doesn't know how to handle it
Pakistan cricketer, Kamran Akmal, has criticized the captaincy skills of the national team captain, Babar Azam, after suffering defeat at the hands of New Zealand in the fifth and final match of the T20I series at the Rawalpindi Cricket Stadium.
While speaking on his YouTube channel, Akmal slammed Babar, saying that even after four years of being in the position, he still doesn't know how to handle it.
According to him, the 28-year-old was unable to make crucial decisions, such as which bowler to send out at what time.
"Speaking of their mistakes, they deflect and accuse us of criticism. But our focus is on their captaincy, not their performance. We're not blind to their abilities. He (Babar Azam) still doesn't know how to do captaincy after four years - he doesn't even know which bowler to give to ball to at what time. It's no surprise that they lost when they continued to make the same mistakes. We didn't control our errors, and that's why they emerged victorious," he said.
The 41-year-old also criticised the skipper for giving the ball to Shadab instead of Iftikhar Ahmed in the fifth T20I game. He believed it was a logical choice to go with Ahmed when both left-handed batsmen were on the crease.
"If both the left-handed batsmen were on the crease, the logical choice would have been to give the ball to Iftikhar Ahmed. But instead, we saw the leg-spinner Shadab Khan being given the over and was being continuously smashed by the New Zealand batters. It would have been wise to rest him and bring in another all-rounder to give the team a chance to regain their footing," he concluded.
It is worth noting that the five-match T20I series between the two teams ended in a draw (2-2), with the final match being a crucial one. Shadab Khan dropped the all important catch of Mark Chapman, who went on to make his maiden T20I century and won the game for New Zealand.