‘Sack Panoti Babar and Ramiz Dhakkan’ – Fans slam Babar Azam, the captain after England’s dominant show on Day One of Rawalpindi Test

By Daniel S

December 1, 2022

On 1 December 2022, Pakistan began their three-match Test series against England in Rawalpindi. After a long gap of 17 years, England came to Pakistan to play a Test series. However, this series is a great opportunity for Babar Azam and his men. Currently, they are standing in the fifth position in the Test Championship table. 

Pakistan have managed only 51.85% in nine matches so far. They have won four matches and lost three matches while drawing two matches. Before the series, skipper Babar Azam also shared that the main aim of the Men in Green is to qualify for the final of the Test Championship. So, fans were expecting a good start from the team.

Fans were not happy with the captaincy of Babar Azam on Day One of the Rawalpindi Test

On the eve of the series opener, Babar Azam attended the press conference. He said: “We are excited about that prospect of playing the WTC final. This is an important series. We have a golden chance to achieve that if we win four of the five Tests to come. We got around a week to prepare for the series so that was great and has given us some edge and momentum. The best thing was that domestic first-class matches were on so some of the players were already playing red-ball cricket. Our bowling is good and will give a tough time to England.”

But, Pakistan bowlers had a disappointing start to the match as England batters thrashed them through the whole Day One. At the end of Day One, England scored 506 runs for four wickets in 75 overs. They became the first team to score more than 500 runs on Day One of a Test match. Even, four different batters smashed hundreds for England on the same day. After watching such a performance, fans started to blame Babar Azam for his poor captaincy. They also blamed him for selecting a poor playing XI based on the conditions.

Here is how fans have slammed Babar Azam for his poor captaincy on Day One of the Rawalpindi Test against England: