PCB Chief urges fans to give Babar some ‘space’

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Babar Azam slips another spot in ICC T20I rankings, Mohammad Rizwan retains top slot
LAHORE
Chairman of the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) Ramiz Raja on Wednesday urged the fans and supporters to back the all-format captain Babar Azam.
“This team played Asia Cup final, beat India so they should be given some time. Bad performance in one or two matches should be given away,” Raja said.
Recently, Babar has been targeted for maintaining a low strike rate along with failing to perform in the recently concluded Asia Cup.
“I used to tell Babar Azam, fans’ memory is too weak. You have to win matches every time to keep them intact,” he said.
Pakistan lost the opening T20I to England by six wickets and failed to capitalize on the splendid start provided by Mohammad Rizwan and Babar Azam; the opening duo added 99 runs to the total with Rizwan managing 68 whereas Babar scored 31.
Meanwhile, Pakistan skipper Babar Azam slid further down, but his teammate wicket-keeper batter Mohammad Rizwan retained the top spot in the latest T20I rankings.
Babar dropped to fourth position in the latest rankings following his below-par Asia Cup performance and a return of 31 against England in the series opener.
Rizwan stands at 825 rating points after his consistent performance in the recently concluded international tournament and the impressive 68-run stand against England at the National Stadium.
India star Suryakumar Yadav has continued his recent push towards becoming the best T20I batter in the world after he made further inroads in the latest rankings.
He is now just 45 rating points behind Rizwan.
But South African star Aiden Markram (792 rating points) and Yadav (780) are within striking distance and will get a chance to make a run for the top ranking with the start of the ICC T20 World Cup in Australia less than a month away.