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Ahmad Shahzad has called for strict punishment of Pakistan players involved in team groupings, following coach Gary Kirsten’s leaked comments about a lack of unity.

Ahmad Shahzad has called for strict action against Pakistan cricket players involved in team groupings after coach Gary Kirsten’s locker room speech was leaked by the media. Following Pakistan’s early exit from the T20 World Cup after defeats to the USA and India, Kirsten, appointed head coach in April, expressed concerns about the team’s lack of unity.

Shahzad, a vocal critic of the current team setup, has accused captain Babar Azam of favoritism and highlighted ongoing issues within the squad. Shahzad took to social media, urging for accountability and punishment for players engaging in factionalism. He emphasized that setting an example is crucial for the future of Pakistan cricket and called on the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) to take notice and address these internal issues promptly.

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“If Gary Kirsten’s team talk is true, it’s not shocking at all. We have been saying this throughout the World Cup. It’s time for accountability, this team is plagued with grouping and crackdown is the only option. The players involved must be punished and an example should be set for next generation of cricketers. PCB chairman must take notice,” Shehzad wrote in a tweet.

Earlier, after Pakistan’s early exit from the 2024 T20 World Cup, Babar Azam had addressed the team’s performance, emphasizing the lack of teamwork. He highlighted that each player has a specific role and the execution was missing, which needed to be addressed.

“We didn’t play as a team. This is not because of an individual as we lost as a team. It’s not just the captain. I cannot play for every player as there are 11 players. They are in the World Cup because each player has an assigned role. The execution wasn’t there and we have to sit down and work out what needs to be done. I accept that we didn’t play as a team,” Babar had said.

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Last Updated on June 18, 2024

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