NEW DELHI: Mickey Arthur, the director of cricket for Pakistan, believes it’s unjust to initiate a witch hunt, as captain Babar Azam and chief selector Inzamam-ul-Haq have faced harsh criticism from various quarters due to the team’s lacklustre performance in the ongoing World Cup.Both Babar’s leadership abilities and Inzamam’s selection decisions have been strongly criticised by several former Pakistan cricket legends, including Wasim Akram, Shahid Afridi, and Misbah-ul-Haq.The team is on the brink of elimination after enduring its fourth consecutive defeat.In response to the criticism, the Pakistan Cricket Board issued a statement clarifying that Babar and Inzamam had been given full autonomy in selecting the World Cup squad.Arthur believes that the level of criticism being directed at them is entirely unjust.”They’re going to be blaming everybody, don’t worry. It’s just the way of the world. Yeah, look, it’s unfair. It’s really unfair to start a witch hunt, certainly on Babar Azam, on Inzi, on our coaches, on the management team,” Arthur said at the post-match press conference after the narrow one-run loss against South Africa on Friday.
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“What I do know is the boys have tried and the effort of the coaching staff, the effort of the players has been first-class. If they would see that the amount of effort that the players and staff put in, they would be amazed,” the South African said backing the squad.Pakistan are all but out of the World Cup after suffering the narrow defeat against South Africa, which happened to be their fourth straight loss in the tournament.While Pakistan need to win all their three remaining games, their fate will also depend on results of other games.Pakistan are on four points from six games, and even if they win all three remaining games, there is less than five per cent chance of them qualifying for the last-four stage.(With PTI Inputs)