Ajay Jadeja on Coaching Pakistan Team
Ajay Jadeja: Pakistan's performance in the recently concluded ODI World Cup in India was extremely poor. In nine matches, Babar Azam and Co. could win four matches and were knocked out of the tournament in the league stage. Since then, Team Pakistan, especially Babar Azam, has faced severe criticism from former cricketers and experts. The 29-year-old batsman has also stepped down from captaincy from all three formats. Of the five matches that Pakistan lost during the World Cup, the biggest upset was when it lost to Afghanistan. The Hashmatullah Shahidi-led team, which finished sixth in the points table, was coached by former India batsman Ajay Jadeja.
Since Pakistan made several changes to their team and coaching staff after the World Cup defeat, Jadeja was asked if he would like to take up the role of Pakistan coach. During an interview with Sports Tak, Jadeja said, "I shared my learning with Afghans and I believe that Pakistan was once like Afghanistan, you could say anything in front of your partner."
While Babaz Azam stepped down from captaincy across all formats, the Pakistan cricket team also fired the entire management team that had accompanied the squad to India for the World Cup. Opener Shan Masood will lead the red-ball team, with Shaheen Afridi named the captain of the T20I team. On the management front, Mohammad Hafeez was appointed Director of Cricket while former fast bowler Wahab Riaz took over as the chairman of selectors.