Babar Azam’s Reluctance and Management’s Insistence: A Twist in the Fifth T20 Against NZ

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In a surprising turn of events, former captain Babar Azam found himself under pressure to play in the fifth T20 match against New Zealand, despite nursing a groin injury. The match became a critical juncture for Pakistan, facing a potential clean sweep in the T20 series against New Zealand.

Amidst concerns over the series outcome, Babar Azam communicated his injury and expressed doubts about his participation in the crucial match. However, the team management insisted on his inclusion. Despite a dropped catch and visibly limited fielding, Babar contributed 13 runs off 24 balls before getting out.

The bowlers’ outstanding performance ultimately led Pakistan to a 42-run victory, preventing a 5-0 sweep. Babar concluded the series as the top scorer with 213 runs, including three half-centuries.

Following the match on January 21, Babar covered a distance of 11,206 kilometers to reach Dhaka by January 23. Surprisingly, he participated in the Bangladesh Premier League for Rangpur Riders against Sylhet Strikers on the same day. Opening the innings, Babar scored 56 runs, turning the tables in a match that seemed almost lost.

Insiders close to Babar reveal that while the injury wasn’t severe, Babar initially wanted to take some rest, especially considering the series loss. He believed that this break could offer a chance for a young player to showcase their skills. Despite his reservations, when the team management insisted, Babar decided to take the field in the match.

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