“Aapke 17 log hai aur 60 kamre…”Ex Pakistan cricketer takes dig at PCB and cricket team

The Pakistan cricket team is facing a lot of criticism because they were eliminated early from the T20 World Cup 2024. They lost matches against the USA and India, which led to their exit from the tournament. This has caused former cricket players and experts to strongly criticize Babar Azam and his team. Every player from Pakistan has received harsh criticism from the cricket community. The former wicket-keeper and batter Atiq-uz-Zaman has also heavily criticized the men’s national team in a long, angry speech.

In a video shared on social media, Atiq criticized the players for their behavior during the T20 World Cup 2024, suggesting they acted more like they were on vacation than focused on their cricket duties.

“You’re making a big fuss. Back in our day, we had a coach and a manager who kept the team organized,” said Atiq in the video. “Ab aapke 17 log hain officals mein aur 17 players hain, suna hai ke aapne 60 kamre book karvaye hue they (you have 17 officials and 17 players; it’s being said you booked 60 rooms). That’s a joke! Have you gone there to play cricket or to holiday?”

Atiq criticized the Pakistan Cricket Board, saying that families should not be allowed at major events because players spend too much time with their wives, as if they are on vacation.

“Why do you let families come to big events?…The wife doesn’t leave; you’ve gotten used to taking her along. They go out in the evening, and their focus shifts from cricket to their family, kids, and wife…They eat at takeaway places…and videos of them are being made there,” said Atiq, who played one Test and three ODIs for the Pakistan senior team.

A culture in Pakistan cricket has developed where no one understands discipline…You went to play in a major event, where is your attention?…Can’t you put aside everything else and concentrate only on cricket for two weeks? You are getting paid millions every year,” he finished.

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