Babar Azam and 5 Players Skip Pakistan Return Post T20 World Cup Upset, Opt for London Holiday

Pakistan’s cricket team, led by Babar Azam, faced a tough time in the Group A matches of the ongoing T20 World Cup. Their journey ended with a narrow victory over Ireland in the final match. The team’s performance left much to be desired, resulting in them missing out on the Super Eight stage.

After the tournament, Babar Azam and five other players—Mohammad Amir, Imad Wasim, Haris Rauf, Shadab Khan, and Azam Khan—have made a decision. Instead of returning to Pakistan with the rest of the squad, they plan to spend some time in London. They aim to relax and spend quality time with their friends and families.

Reports suggest that some players are also considering participating in local cricket leagues in the United Kingdom during their stay. This decision was confirmed by a report in The Express Tribune, indicating their desire to stay active in cricket even after the disappointing tournament.

Meanwhile, the coaching staff, including head coach Gary Kirsten and assistant coach Azhar Mahmood, will be heading back to their respective homes. The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) has allowed them to return, considering there are no immediate cricketing engagements on the horizon for them.

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Reflecting on their performance in the T20 World Cup, Pakistan struggled throughout the Group A matches. They faced defeats against co-hosts USA and arch-rivals India, which were major setbacks. However, they managed to secure a seven-wicket win against Canada.

Despite these efforts, Pakistan’s points tally of four from as many games was not enough to secure a spot in the Super Eight stage. India and USA secured their spots as the top two teams from the group.

Looking ahead, Pakistan’s cricket schedule includes a two-match Test series against Bangladesh scheduled to be played at home in August. Later in October, England is set to tour Pakistan for a series of cricket matches, which will provide another opportunity for the team to bounce back and showcase their cricketing prowess.

Overall, while the T20 World Cup did not go as planned for Pakistan, the players and coaching staff are regrouping and planning their next moves. For now, Babar Azam and some of his teammates are preparing to unwind in London before gearing up for the upcoming cricketing challenges.

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