Pakistan’s 2022 T20 World Cup campaign has gotten off to a terrible start. The Babar Azam-led team experienced a shocking loss to underdogs Zimbabwe in their second game after suffering a heartbreaking four-wicket loss to archrivals India in their tournament debut last Sunday. Pakistan fell short by one run in their attempt to chase down the mark after holding the men in maroon to a pitiful total of 130/8.

The Pakistani cricket community is understandably dissatisfied with the team’s performance in the competition so far. Although many people think that many Pakistani batters lack game understanding, the team’s veteran wicketkeeper-batter Kamran Akmal made a significant statement about Babar Azam after the defeats. The star batter was asked to “drop aside” from the leadership position for the sake of Akmal’s career, who is also Babar’s cousin.

Dekhein, you are a nazar now. Bowling karaayi hoti toh hum runs naa chase karwaate in pehle match me. Koi sun nahi raha hai ego me aake, ham kehte aa rahe hain England series me. Former cricket players are not present. Being the older sibling, if Babar and PCB were to win the World Cup, Babar’s World Cup-related obligations would not be fulfilled. (See, that’s clear. We wouldn’t have allowed India to reach the goal if we had used the same bowling attack as in the first game. Since the England series, I’ve been saying this, but nobody pays attention to former cricketers. As Babar’s older brother, I want to advise him to step down as captain after the T20 World Cup, Akmal stated on ARY News.

“Usko as a player khilaayein aapko uss se 22-25000 run karwaane hain. Agar Babar ya mere chachu samajhte hain, usko step down kar dena chahiye, varna vo itna under-pressure aayega. (If you want him to score 22–25,000 runs, you must retain him just as a player; otherwise, he would feel pressurized. He should resign if Babar or his father learn this.

Babar was further admonished by Akmal to concentrate on his game “like Virat Kohli,” with the cricketer from Pakistan saying that failing to reach his full potential would be a “big loss” for the team.

“Virat Kohli is my focus in cricket; he is my focus in general. Aa raha hu kyunki iske baad koi batsman mere ko nazar nahi aa raha. Pakistan cricket will suffer if their national squad were to lose. He must concentrate on his cricket as Virat Kohli does. because there isn’t another batsman of similar caliber in our lineup, in my opinion. If Babar doesn’t perform to his full capacity, Pakistan cricket would suffer immensely,” stated Akmal.