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Deputy Shadab Khan of Babar Azam on his World Cup performance: “I let myself down”


Shadab Khan said that his performance at the 2023 World Cup fell short of expectations.

Vice captain Shadab Khan of Pakistan has expressed his support for captain Babar Azam, who is being held accountable for the team’s dismal performance at the World Cup, and called for a shift in the “cultural” mindset. After the team was unable to advance to the World Cup semifinals, there has been an increasing amount of desire from a number of former Pakistani cricket players to remove Babar from the captaincy. Shadab, nevertheless, made it clear that the captain is not the only one to blame for the losses.This illustrates a disparity in culture. The captain is the only one who gets credit for our victory. However, when the team is defeated, the captain bears full responsibility for the outcome.

Following Pakistan’s 93-run loss to England in their final World Cup encounter here on Saturday, Shadab told reporters, “This should change.”

Despite entering the World Cup as the top batter in the world, Babar was unable to show off his skills, and his captaincy was questioned.

There have been discussions back home regarding significant team changes, such as Babar losing his captaincy.

The all-rounder Shadab lamented his lack of success in the competition as well.

“I have disappointed myself; as a bowler, I did not perform to my full ability, which has affected the team’s performance. You strive to win competitions; this was not possible. The semifinals are over for us. Everyone is dissatisfied—coaches, players, and support personnel alike.

“We have to get better in all three areas as soon as the tournament begins. We as a team could not adjust to contemporary cricket,” he remarked.

Leg-spinner Adil Rashid, who finished as England’s top wicket-taker in the World Cup, hopes that this isn’t his “last” appearance for England in ODI cricket. The elderly England team may be in for a revamp following the fiasco.

“I still have fun representing England in 50-over cricket. I’ll do all in my power to continue playing and performing till it’s over. Right now, I’m feeling fine. I hope this is not my final time. For as long as I can, I want to play,” Rashid declared.

Returning with statistics of 2/55, Rashid’s googly dismissal of Shadab turned into one of the highlights of England’s victory by 93 runs.

It’s always a pleasant feeling to get a batsman through the gate. One of the things I try to focus on in the nets is that,” he remarked.



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