Out-of-favour Pakistan wicketkeeper-batsman Kamran Akmal has leapt in defence of Babar Azam who is facing some criticism after failing to deliver as per expectations in the recently-concluded series against England. It was a forgettable tour for Pakistan too as they managed to win just one game.
The visitors lost the three-match Test series 1-0 before drawing the T20Is 1-1. Babar Azam was among runs but his failure to convert them into big scores put him under pressure.
In the first innings of the series-opener, he scored a stroke-filled 69 but could not really make the most of the momentum in the following innings. His next three scores were 5, 47 and 11 before he scored another unbeaten fifty in the drawn third Test.
In the following T20I series, he faced the heat for his strike-rate. Babar scored 56 runs in the second T20I but played 44 balls for the same. In the third game, he managed to score only 21 off 18 balls. And while he is facing criticism from several quarters, Kamran Akmal has provided him some-much needed support.
“An even greater tragedy is that people have started to criticize our number one batsman, Babar Azam, saying that he isn’t scoring runs at a fast-enough rate or isn’t winning enough games. What is becoming of us? If we wish to improve things then instead of looking down on a player like Babar, we should spend our energy motivating him,” he told PakPassion.net.
“But once again, I feel that the team management needs to make sure that all players in the squad are looked after and given confidence instead of preferring to concentrate and spend energies on a select few who are their favourites,” he added.