File photo of Babar Azam© AFP
Former Pakistan captain Moin Khan criticized Babar Azam for his “negative” captaincy in the Asia Cup final against Sri Lanka. In a discussion on Boss News, Moin pointed out that Babar Azam should have attacked more when Sri Lanka had lost half of their side in the first 10 overs. He said Babar had failed to set up offensive fields and had to bowl his strike bowlers to end the Sri Lankan innings early. Sri Lanka was reduced to 58/5 in 8.5 overs but then scored 170 and Moin put the blame entirely on Babar.
“The way Sri Lanka came back after losing five wickets and how Rajapaksa played as a senior pro, I think it’s a commendable achievement and I want to congratulate them.
“I think when they (Pakistan) got a wicket through a part-time bowler, they should have supported him and also kept a slip. As Rashid (Latif) said, Babar should have bowled with his strike bowler. This is kind of healthy wit is when you are captain of a side.
“I don’t know why he tried to extend the match. He (Babar) must have started thinking about the death-overs. When you start to go negative you can’t plan. You play attacking cricket when you are positive. So I think that we have played into Sri Lanka’s hands by not setting up an offensive field and not bowling our strike bowlers when we had the upper hand.
“They bowled badly and the bowling changes were equally bad,” Moin said.
This was the sixth Asian Cup win in Sri Lanka. Pakistan has won it twice while India has won the continental event 7 times.
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