Former Pakistan National Cricket Team left-arm pacer Mohammad Amir has criticised the captaincy of Babar Azam after Pakistan’s defeat in the summit clash of the ICC Men’s T20 World Cup 2022.

The final of the ICC Men’s T20 World Cup 2022 was played at the Melbourne Cricket Ground on Sunday, November 13. Losing the toss and batting first, Pakistan failed to perform well and they only managed to post 137/8 on the board. Defending the target, the Pakistani bowlers dismissed England’s top-3 in the powerplay overs, but Ben Stokes’ batting masterclass guided the Three Lions to a 5-wicket win.

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Speaking on the 24 News HD after the conclusion of the ICC Men’s T20 World Cup 2022, Mohammad Amir heaped praise on the Pakistan bowlers for their brilliant performance throughout the multi-nation tournament.

Babar Azam
Babar Azam (Image Credits: Twitter)

Amir added that Mohammad Nawaz’s role in the playing XI has left him confused. The 30-year-old was also critical of Pakistan skipper Babar Azam for not trusting Nawaz.

“Hamaari bowling ne poore tournament me sabse achhi bowling ki hai. Koi team hamein khulke nahi maar saki. Ye credit jaata hai hamaare bowlers ko. Yes, Nawaz ka mujhe khud samajh nahi aaya. Pehle match ke baad dressing room me video ban rahi hai ki tujhe fikar nahi karni, tu mera match-winner hai. Uske baad poore tournament laga hi nahi vo batsman khel raha hai ya bowler khel raha hai.

“(Our bowling has been the best in this tournament, no one could attack us. But yes, I can’t understand Nawaz’s case. After the first match against India, there was video made in the dressing room where Babar told Nawaz he was a match-winner. After that, it was hard to judge whether he played as a batsman or a bowler),” Amir said on 24 News HD.

Mohammad Nawaz. PC- Twitter
Mohammad Nawaz. PC- Twitter

“Ya toh aapko apne players pe trust nahi hai, ye sirf kehne ki hi baat hai. Agar aap bol rahe ho toh usko poora bhi karo. Nawaz PSL me pehla over karta hai. Thoda toh trust show karo uspe. Nawaz ne kuch matches aise jitwaaye hain ki aap soch bhi nahi sakte ho. Aaj vo kar sakta tha. Jis wicket pe seam ho raha hota, vahan spinners zyada dangerous hote hain. Toh mujhe samajh nahi aayi ye.

“(It shows you don’t trust your player. If you’re saying something, you should act on it. Nawaz bowls the first over in PSL. He has won matches on his own. He could’ve done something today. I couldn’t understand the decision),” said Amir further.

Aapne brave decisions nahi liye – Mohammad Amir

Mohammad Amir
Mohammad Amir. (Photo: AP Photos)

Mohammad Amir further said that the Pakistan National Cricket Team skipper Babar Azam didn’t take brave decisions in the summit clash and mentioned that he could have brought in Nawaz to bowl a few overs when Harry Brook was clearly struggling against spinner Shadab Khan.

“Harry Brook Shadab se phasa hua tha. Vahan Nawaz ka armour bhi bohot achha hai. Udhar aapko wicket mil sakti thi. Fir vo kehte hain ki ji tanqeed karte hain. Captain brave hota hai, situation ko read karta hai. Aapne brave decisions nahi liye, and jab aap haarte ho toh ye cheezein nazar aati hain. (Harry Brook was struggling against Shadab. Nawaz could’ve done something there. But then again, they will say that I criticise a lot. Captain should be brave. You didn’t take brave decisions, and when you lose, these things are visible),” said Amir.

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PAK vs ENG: “Thoda Toh Trust Show Karo Mohammad Nawaz Par” – Mohammad Amir Criticises Babar Azam’s Captaincy