‘You can’t blame the captain every time’ – Azhar Ali hit back his critics

In the first match of the three-match Test series in Manchester, the host England defeated the visiting Pakistan by 3 wickets. Although, Pakistan were in the commanding position from the very beginning of the match but unfortunately they ended up losing the match at last due to heroics of Chris Woakes and Jos Buttler.

'You can’t blame the captain every time’ – Azhar Ali hit backs his critics

After Pakistan lost the match, there were criticism about the captaincy of Pakistan skipper Azhar. His former countrymen cricketers also criticised for his poor captaincy. Hence, Azhar Ali has lashed out at his critics, saying “you can’t blame the captain every time” the national team loses. Azhar expressed his frustration after Pakistan lost the first Test against England by three wickets. The skipper feels that “it is easy to criticise a captain”. Azhar admitted that Pakistan “could not defend a total, as a team, which we should have”.

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“It is easy to criticise a captain with hindsight but we also need to appreciate the way our opponents played. You can’t blame the captain every time but I will admit that we could not defend a total, as a team, which we should have,” Azhar was quoted as saying by Cricket Pakistan.

Azhar didn’t forgot to praise on Buttler and Woakes for the way they took the game away from Pakistan as it was not supposed to go that way.

“They changed the momentum of the game and unfortunately we couldn’t reply to whatever they threw at us,” the 35-year-old conceded.

After Pakistan lost the first match England are in 1-0 leading the series. The second Test of the three match test series between England and Pakistan will begin on Thursday in Southampton.

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