Pakistan Cricket Board’s (PCB) official social media team released a video of the team meeting held in the dressing room post the emphatic win against Bangladesh on November 6, Sunday, which saw them storming into the semi-finals of the ongoing 20-20 World Cup 2022.
Babar Azam, the skipper of the Pakistan team was seen motivating the team and saying that the team must give their 100% irrespective of the result. Further, lauding Mohammad Haris, who scored a quickfire 18-ball 31 to help Pakistan chase the target of 128 within 19 overs, for his valiance, Babar advised that the batter must not lose his wicket in crunch situations.
“Haris, you have played brilliantly. But these small things will give you confidence, for example, when you finish a game, your level will be different. When the match is in hands, make sure you don’t lose a wicket. Our seniors told me that when you finish a match, your confidence level goes up, wherever you play,” Babar said in the video.
Amused by the same, Wasim Akram, the former Pakistani cricketer, said that it was wrong of the social media team to publicly reveal the video as it is something that takes in private. Further, Akram said that team meetings should not be revealed to the world and added that the Pakistan team have already gone through such situations.
Sometimes, certain things are personal: Wasim Akram
Akram further claimed that he would have slammed the social media head if he was the captain of the Men in Green team. Admitting to the importance of having a talented social media team, Akram said that a few things must stay within the team.
“If I was Babar, I would get hold of that guy who is making a video. Sometimes, certain things are personal. I am all for social media, players interacting with their fans and everything. But I have not seen any other team do it in this World Cup? So yeah, the urge to get extra numbers (followers, likes), cut it down. This is too much,” Akram said on A Sports. Waqar Younis, who was listening to Akram’s opinion, seconded the legendary player and said that it would affect the team’s morale, given that the Pakistan team’s privacy has always been at stake, going by history.
“I 100 per cent agree with you. Whatever happens inside the dressing room, should stay there. This is a problem not just now but earlier as well when a lot of information was leaked to the media – people used to scream, argue, fight. And now you yourself are recording and showing it to the world,” Younis seconded Akram’s opinion.