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Usman Khawaja believes Pakistani players performance affected by lack of stability

"When I look from the outside, everything is changing in Pakistan cricket team," says left-handed Aussie player

By Sohail Imran
June 24, 2024
Australia’s Usman Khawaja warms up with a football prior to the start of day three of the first cricket Test match between Australia and West Indies at Adelaide Oval in Adelaide on January 19, 2024. —AFP
Australia’s Usman Khawaja warms up with a football prior to the start of day three of the first cricket Test match between Australia and West Indies at Adelaide Oval in Adelaide on January 19, 2024. —AFP

Australian batter Usman Khawaja believes lack of stability and constant changes affected Pakistani players' performance. 

Khawaja on Monday said Pakistan had great talent, but stability was missing in Pakistan cricket and it was difficult to perform in such circumstances. Stability played a significant role in a team, he emphasised.

"When I look from the outside, everything is changing in the Pakistan cricket team. Selection committee members, staff and players keep changing," he said while speaking at an event in Melbourne.

Pakistan were eliminated at the group stage of T20 World Cup 2024 which has led to a lot of criticism in the country and abroad. It was particularly senior players, including skipper Babar Azam, who received the flak the most.

To a query about Babar Azam’s captaincy, Khawaja said it was for the star batter to decide.

“It's Babar Azam's decision to captain, if he can, he should,” he said.

Pakistan were defeated by debutants US by five runs in a Super Over tie and by six runs against India. They managed to win against Canada on June 11 by seven wickets.

Then, their hopes were tied to Ireland's beating the US, however, rain washed out the match with Pakistan’s hopes for advancing into the Super 8 stage in the tournament, this handed both the teams one point.

The national team's last game of the mega event against Ireland was just a formality, after which the squad returned home.