It seems like nothing is going right with Pakistan since they got knocked out from the ongoing Asia Cup 2023 after two consecutive defeats against India and Sri Lanka, respectively. Notably, the men in green, including the skipper Babar Azam were under the scanner of criticism from the experts and former cricketers after the humiliating loss of 228 runs against the arch-rivals, India.
Meanwhile, the media reports have learned something which might be utterly devastating for Pakistan’s preparations for the upcoming ODI World Cup 2023, in India. It has been understood by multiple sources that there was a rift and some hot talks between Pak skipper Babar Azam and the star pace spearhead Shaheen Shah Afridi.
As per the media reports, the conversation unfolded as follows:
Babar – Senior players aren’t playing responsibly.
Shaheen – At least appreciate who bowled and batted well.
Babar – I know who’s performing well.
Sensing an increase in the heat of the argument, senior wicketkeeper-batter Mohammad Rizwan reportedly intervened to calm Babar and Shaheen down. This reported rift and the news of differences among players in the dressing room has spread like wildfire, which will have a lot of negative impact on Pakistan’s preparations for the upcoming marquee international tournament, in India.
Pakistan’s World Cup preparations in jeopardy amidst injury concerns
Apart from that, the 1992 World Cup champions have also faced dome injury hits recently as Naseem Shah and Haris Rauf were ruled out of the mid-match during the super-4 clash against India. Later, they were replaced by Mohammad Wasim Jr. and the debutant Zaman Khan in their last super-4 match against Sri Lanka.
Amidst all this, one news has also come as a big nail in Pakistan’s barefoot preparations, which is about the star pacer Naseem Shah getting ruled out of the upcoming ODI World Cup 2023.
Notably, Babar Azam’s men will start their campaign in the World Cup with the first match against the Netherlands on October 6 at the Rajiv Gandhi International Cricket Stadium in Hyderabad.
Here’s how fans reacted to the reported rifts in the Pakistan dressing room:
One loss against India and Pakistan cricket broke
— Ansh Shah (@asmemesss) September 16, 2023
Ye kya ho raha hai bhai
— Hussain (@imhussy92) September 16, 2023
Shaheen Ko captaincy chahiye bhaii.. or Afridi ka damad hai vo uchlega toh sahi hi
— Phenomenal OG (@PhenomenalTooOP) September 16, 2023
Lumber 1 team🤣
— Rahul Varma (@urscoolrahul) September 16, 2023
— Naveen (@_naveenish) September 16, 2023
Dressing room Mai performance ke liye Ladh rahe hai aur dressing room ke bahar aate ke liye 😂just Pakistani Things.
— 𝘼𝙝𝙖𝙣𝙖🦋 (@AhanaTweets_) September 16, 2023
Meanwhile Pakistan team coach pic.twitter.com/yudsdvKapV
— Hunटरर ♂ (@nickhunterr) September 16, 2023
Aur inhe Kashmir chahiye 🤣
— Ankit Mayank (@mr_mayank) September 16, 2023
Pakistan players are waiting in dressing room for a group discussion.
— 🅿️iyush kataruka (@Piyush_Kataruka) September 16, 2023
From koi kisiko blame nhi karega to this lafda
Babar came a long way
— Himanshu dubey (@Himansh08921913) September 16, 2023