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Babar Azam Considers Legal Action Against Critics for ‘Targeting’ During T20 World Cup

Islamabad, June 22: Pakistan cricket captain Babar Azam is reportedly considering legal action against YouTubers and former cricketers who accused him of ‘misconduct’ during the team’s campaign in the ongoing T20 World Cup. According to Geo News, Babar and his team faced severe criticism from former players and fans over their World Cup performance.

Sources informed Geo News that a social media campaign was allegedly orchestrated to “target” Babar, leaving him “disheartened.” The Pakistan Cricket Board’s legal department is currently gathering evidence related to the statements made by YouTubers and former cricketers to support Babar’s potential legal action.

Recently, several players and officials arrived at Lahore’s Allama Iqbal International Airport, returning via a private airline flight in the early hours of Wednesday. Among those who returned were Naseem Shah, Usman Khan, and senior manager Wahab Riaz. However, some members of the 15-member squad chose to extend their stay in the United States following Pakistan’s unexpected early exit from the tournament.

Babar Azam, along with teammates Imad Wasim, Haris Rauf, Shadab Khan, and Azam Khan, is expected to depart on Saturday. Despite their disappointing performance in the current T20 World Cup, these players will soon be preparing for upcoming international engagements.

Pakistan, who were finalists against England in the previous edition of the T20 World Cup, faced a shocking early exit this year. They concluded their campaign with a three-wicket victory over Ireland in Florida, a match that had no bearing on their advancement after India and the USA moved forward to the Super 8 stage from Group A.

Placed in Group A, Pakistan struggled with consecutive losses to the co-hosts, the USA, and their arch-rival, India. Although they managed to secure two consecutive wins afterward, it was insufficient to recover from their poor start and advance to the Super 8 stage.

The team’s next assignment is a white-ball series against Australia scheduled for November. The series will consist of three One Day Internationals (ODIs), set to commence on November 4. As they look ahead, the Pakistan team will aim to bounce back from their World Cup disappointment and perform strongly in their upcoming matches against Australia.

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