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Imad Wasim blasts Babar Azam-led Pakistan, says team have ‘moved back’ in T20 cricket

Imad Wasim blasts Babar Azam-led Pakistan, says team have ‘moved back’ in T20 cricket

Pakistan's T20 World Cup journey may be over, but Imad Wasim's call for a strategic and mental shift paves the way for a potential future resurgence.

Pakistan all-rounder Imad Wasim has called for a radical overhaul of the Babar Azam-led team’s white-ball approach after their disappointing exit from the T20 World Cup 2024.

Pakistan hit rock bottom

Imad Wasim, who came out of retirement for the tournament only to experience “the lowest point” of his career, believes this early exit presents a crucial opportunity for introspection.

You can’t get any lower than this,” he stated at Pakistan vs Ireland pre-match press conference.

Fear of Failure: Root Cause?

Imad Wasim pinpointed a fear of failure as the primary culprit. He emphasized the need for a more aggressive mindset, stating, “We used to rule in T20 cricket. I think we have moved back a little now.”

He urged the team to embrace a fearless approach: “Get rid of the fear of failure. In everything – batting, bowling, fielding… The same ball can take a wicket or be a dot ball. We need a change in mindset across all three areas.”

Pakistan Cricket Team in need of reassessment

Imad Wasim defended himself and Mohammad Amir, who also came out of retirement, against criticism regarding their fitness and performance.

“Cricket is a team game,” he stressed. “We are more disappointed than anyone. But we are human beings, we can make mistakes.”

Lessons from analyst’s booth

Imad Wasim, a former TV analyst, suggested that a more analytical approach, similar to his commentary days, might benefit the team.

We should play the game the way world cricket is going,” he remarked. “We need to revamp, revisit and start playing white-ball cricket the way it should be played.”

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Time for Reflection for Pakistan Cricket

While acknowledging the pain of the exit, Wasim remains hopeful. “This could be big for Pakistan,” he said. “We could use this as a chance to start playing white-ball cricket the right way.”

Pakistan’s T20 World Cup journey may be over, but Imad Wasim’s call for a strategic and mental shift paves the way for a potential future resurgence.

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