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Rizwan and Shadab Faced Babar Azam’s Wrath for Advising Bowlers, Claims Umar Gul

Former Pakistan fast bowler Umar Gul has made some shocking revelations about the captaincy of Babar Azam, who is leading the national team in the ongoing ICC World Cup 2023. Gul, who was part of the coaching staff for a series, said that Babar Azam does not appreciate any suggestions from senior players on the field and even scolded Mohammad Rizwan and Shadab Khan for talking to the bowlers.

“I have seen one or two incidents when I was with the Pakistan team for a series where the captain scolded Rizwan and Shadab for speaking to bowlers. Maybe they have been told not to do so because usually, senior players advise the captain,” Gul said while speaking on a local news channel.

Gul’s comments come at a time when Pakistan are facing a lot of criticism for their poor performance in the World Cup. They have lost three consecutive matches against India, Australia and Afghanistan and are in danger of being eliminated from the tournament. Babar Azam, who is regarded as one of the best batsmen in the world, has also failed to live up to his reputation in this tournament so far. In five matches in World Cup 2023, he has scored 157 runs (2 half centuries) at an average of 31.40 and a strike-rate of 79.69.

Gul, who played 47 Tests, 130 ODIs and 60 T20Is for Pakistan, retired from international cricket in 2016. He was known for his ability to bowl yorkers and reverse swing and was part of Pakistan’s World T20 winning squad in 2009. He also holds the record for taking the most wickets in a single edition of World T20 with 13 scalps in 2007.

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