Ramiz Raja, the head of the Pakistan Cricket Board, said in a recent interview that Babar Azam had spoken to him about the strain he feels as a result of the harsh criticism he has recently received. But despite everything that he has accomplished in international cricket, former Pakistan captain Shahid Afridi has criticized Babar for making this comment and for putting this burden on him. Instead, he has advised Babar to have faith in himself.

“Dekhiye hamaara kitna criticism hota hai,” Babar Azam often tells me. Ramiz had told Samaa TV, “Be pleased that cricket isn’t like any other sport in Pakistan where people don’t care about them. This has placed pressure on you as a batter as well.

In an interview with the same channel, Afridi questioned why Babar was under such pressure, which he felt was excessive given the vast number of runs he has already scored across formats and the fact that he dominates the rankings in every ICC batting list in addition to the fact that he has scored runs in a variety of formats.

Amid the ongoing criticism over Pakistan openers being conservative in their batting approach in T20I cricket, the legendary all-rounder suggested Babar and Mohammad Rizwan should focus only on playing “proper cricketing shots” rather than go for sixes.