Inzamam-ul-Haq criticises Waqar Younis for his statement over ace T20I batter Babar Azam’s injury
Babar Azam got ruled out of the T20I series against New Zealand owing to thumb fracture.
Updated - Dec 15, 2020 1:07 pm
Pakistan’s ex-chief selector and former skipper Inzamam-ul-Haq has criticized Pakistan’s bowling Waqar Younis openly over his statements on their star player Babar Azam. In a media presser on Sunday, Younis stated that Babar’s injury is a major blow for them, and it was unfortunate that it came at the wrong time. The New Zealand series was just about to start before Pakistan’s ace batsman and T20I skipper Babar Azam suffered a thumb fracture.
In the line of his injury, Azam got ruled out of the series and is barred from attending the net sessions. His injury happened during net sessions only, and since then, he is under the constant scrutiny of doctors. It’s on their advice that the great T20I batter won’t be allowed to participate in the T20I series. However, Inzamam feels that Younis should not have said about the fact openly as it let opponents assume that the team in front is weak now.
“It is a major setback for us. Other teams are scared of Babar Azam, and there is no doubt that he is one of the best players in the world. It is unfortunate that it [injury] happened at the wrong time, just at the stroke of the series starting,” Younis said in a media presser as quoted by Sportskeeda.
Inzamam differed in the opinion and has slammed the bowling coach for saying that the injury has come at the wrong time. Statements like these by management send a message that their morale is down as everyone knows Babar is their main player, reckoned Inzamam.
Everyone knows that Babar Azam is our main player: Inzamam
“I was surprised to see the team management saying openly that Babar Azam’s injury happened at the wrong time. Everyone knows that Babar Azam is our main player, but I don’t think the management should say that we are concerned, as it sends out a message to the opposition that our morale is down. When you admit something like this, it gives an edge to the opposition. I didn’t like this statement,” said Inzamam on his YouTube channel.
Azam has been advised complete rest for 12 days, so he will not be able to play till December 25, added Inzamam.