'Don't put your blame on the others' - Former Pakistan player Basit Ali slams PCB for providing blind support towards Babar Azam

Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB)'s favouritism for Babar Azam was evident when they brought him back as the team captain before the World Cup.

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Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB)'s favouritism for Babar Azam was evident when they brought him back as the team captain before the World Cup. Even though the Men in Green's performance wasn't good in the tournament, they haven't removed him from the captaincy. Instead, they sacked two members from the selection committee after Pakistan's poor performance in the tournament. 

Now that there are lots of reports going on around saying the Pakistan team is divided into groups and players are misbehaving with the coaching staff, the PCB has targeted a few players and will be taking strict action against them. Regarding this bias, former Pakistan player Basit Ali criticized PCB for its stance. 

"The report is being prepared against Shaheen Afridi and Mohammad Rizwan that they have formed a separate group, which is wrong. Don't put your blame on the others. Otherwise, Pakistan cricket will be destroyed. If you think that Mohammad Rizwan, Shaheen Afridi, and Babar Azam are not on the same pitch, then you remove them altogether. Don't just blame the other two and mark the third one as a hero. It will be wrong," said Basit Ali as quoted by Cricket Pakistan. 

We will do whatever the government of India will tell us to do: Rajiv Shukla

As the Champions Trophy 2025 is coming along, India has refused to go to Pakistan to play the tournament. Instead, they proposed a hybrid model for the tournament. This model worked well during the Asia Cup 2023, and BCCI is trying to do the same this time as well. 

"In the case of the Champions Trophy, we will do whatever the government of India tells us to do. We send out a team only when the government of India permits us. So we will go according to the decision of the government," said Rajiv Shukla as quoted by ANI. 

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