In a candid critique, former Pakistan cricket team captain Javed Miandad expressed disapproval of the decision to remove Babar Azam from the captaincy, suggesting that decision-makers lack cricketing expertise. Speaking at the inaugural ceremony of the Tape Ball Premier League Trophy, Miandad questioned the appointment of Shan Masood as Test captain over the availability of former captain Sarfraz Ahmed, advocating for giving Masood an opportunity to prove himself.
Miandad, joined by Sindh Governor Kamran Tessori, Sarfraz Ahmed, and others at the event, reiterated his recent remarks about the state of cricket in Pakistan, stating that the sport is being adversely affected by misguided decisions. He emphasized the need for cricketing stalwarts like the late Abdul Hafeez Kardar in decision-making positions, expressing bewilderment at the appointment of inexperienced individuals in the selection committee.
Highlighting the alleged humiliation of top cricketer Babar Azam, Miandad asserted that a strong manager should have been appointed to support him, deeming the decision to strip Azam of captaincy as incorrect. He called for cricketers to be respected and allowed to perform in a non-political environment, emphasizing the importance of creating an atmosphere conducive to their success.