I can’t play for every player: Babar Azam on Pakistan’s T20 WC’24 exit, his future as captain

Pakistan defeated Ireland in their final game of the ICC Men’s T20 World Cup 2024, which was just a mere formality as India and the USA have already booked the Super 8 spots from Group A. After the nervy victory against Paul Stirling’s side, the Pakistan skipper reflected on his side’s disappointing outing at the World Cup, claiming that he “cannot play in place of every player.”

In a close-fought win on Sunday, Pakistan chased a 107-run target in 19 overs at a loss of seven wickets with skipper Babar Azam scoring an unbeaten 32 off 34. However, it was Pakistan bowlers who won the match for the Men in Green as Shaheen Shah Afridi and Imad Wasim picked up three wickets while Mohammad Amir dismissed two players and Haris Rauf managed a wicket too.

In a post-match press conference, Babar was asked about Pakistan’s disappointing run at the T20 World Cup 2024 and the skipper said, “We are more sad and disappointed than fans and journalists.” Babar also talked about his future as Pakistan’s white-ball skipper and said, “When I gave up the captaincy (in 2023), I thought that I shouldn’t be doing it now, that’s why I left it and announced it myself. Then when they gave it back to me, it was a decision of the PCB.”

He added, “When I go back, we will discuss all that has happened here and if I have to leave captaincy, I’ll announce it openly. I will not hide behind anything. Whatever happens will happen in the open.”

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Babar Azam talks about Pakistan’s disappointing run

After talking about his future as Pakistan’s skipper, where he gave a major hint about stepping down as the captain, Babar Azam talked about his side’s disappointing run at the T20 World Cup 2024. He said, “We lost not because of one person, but as a team. As a captain, I can’t play in place of every player in the lineup. We lost as a team, with no single person to point out.”

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